Arizona Universities Largely Silent On Gun Control Protests

By Claire Caulfield
Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:37am
Updated: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 3:06pm
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On March 14th, a number of high school students across the country are expected to walk out of class for 17-minutes. The national walkout, planned in solidarity with survivors of the Feb. 14 Flordia school shooting, is receiving pushback from some school districts.

A number of school administrators are threatening disciplinary action for students who take part in the protests. However, colleges and universities across the country are meeting the students on their own platform - Twitter - to express support.

A number of prestigious universities, including Yale, Brown, M.I.T and Dartmouth have tweeted that students can participate in peaceful protests without worrying about their applications. Any disciplinary action as a result of peaceful protest won't have a negative effect on a student’s application to those schools.

While universities all across the nation are chiming in, Arizona universities have remained silent.

The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University all referred KJZZ’s questions to the Arizona Board of Regents policy.

However, that written policy doesn’t give any clarity to how disciplinary actions like suspension would affect a student’s admission.

“I expect that that is all we will have to say on the topic,” Bret Hovell, an ASU spokesman, said in an email.

Students applying to Grand Canyon University only have to worry if their protest participation leads to expulsion, said spokesman Bob Romantic in an email.

Another protest is planned for March 24, and National School Walkout day is set for April 20, the 19th anniversity of the Columbine school shooting.

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