... Students at Case Western … A university is not a business. As a student or parent paying tuition I am not sure I would be pleased at the change in schedule but I also know that when I was In college my school sent us home for a long (3 week) spring break due to a coal strike. Skip to comments. What nonsense. A business might behave this way, but a university? I would like to know what the laws governing the University are in regards to this. That does not guarantee that your students will have access to your coursework if they have altered accommodations. Bank tellers cannot work from home. I am only accusing them of their decision to press “pause” on all of our core values. Their jobs are revolved around downtown. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Of course you would – you’d expect accommodations and/or a refund. One of the complaints against King George III by the American colonialists was the forces quartering of British troops. “I feel like I’m being forced out of the dorm that I paid for,” one student complained. Too many people who did not fit the criteria had turned up to the clinics for testing. West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has rejected a call from some of the state's top doctors to effectively shut down interstate travel to and from WA in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Cleveland Free-Net was shut down in late 1999, as it had become obsolete. PS Unless of course CWRU can somehow pull the rabbit out of the hat and provide the already paid-for instruction. Which would mean the students aren’t missing anything except being programmed with lies. This is a _private_ institution! I would like all of you to consider the mayhem and murder of just one crazy mad truck driver in Nice yesterday. "Nevertheless, given the current national context, I regret that I described such behavior as 'profiling,' and that I was not more careful with my language," she wrote Monday. ), makes me proud to be a part of the CWRU community. We have a sitting US president meeting with, and supporting, terrorist groups that ambush and murder police officers, block streets, riot and pillage neighborhoods. As for classroom work suggested to move to online spaces, not all students at CWRU have internet access at home, and/or access to personal computers. “They’re a much more valuable part of their communities than I am to mine, that’s for sure.” Wrote the author. HOW would that make you feel? To be fair, Case hosts various groups every summer in the dorms. improves and enriches people’s lives through research…and education. That assertion makes no sense. The only difference is now it is official and public. This is called being an active civic leader during one of the most important elements of the USA’s democratic process. Your trusted source for local Western Cape news! What is a university expected to contribute to the city and the region to which it belongs? Many students rely on university housing over the summer and employment for financial security (the University thankfully has addressed this and is compensating students who will be losing work hours). I am nervous that the protesting at this event will spiral out of control and I have concern for my own personal safety as well as other bystanders living here downtown that I believe many people are forgetting about. Using CWRU dorms to house outside law enforcement coming to Cleveland to help protect us and all visitors during the RNC was decided months ago. Those incidents would never have occurred if institutions of higher learning would have simply remained institutions of higher learning, treating its students and its immediate community (i.e. Hopefully, this one-week, minor disruption to life on campus will serve to prepare students for real world experiences. I teach at Case and I could certainly figure out how to conduct class without using a classroom on campus. I guess we all need to revisit the Quartering Act. Subscribe to cleveland.com. Aren’t they here for our protection? Unless you’re a student, of course. CWRU was likely offered an incentive for housing the officers or just flat out agreed. With no due respect, this “professor” is just another prime example of a progressive bleeding heart liberal who is indoctrinating the students and our future, no different than Hitler did to the children of Germany and Austria in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. But if so, I’m sure the writer will have the decency to sign it. Just for clarification, because you obviously need it, domestic emeries means a tyrannically government, just like the lawless one we have (no charges for Hillary) now. Only a profoundly stupid idiot would not understand the need for additional police and only a dickhead would throw himself behind the wheel and ‘protest’ against the 20 and 21st centuries. Changes to campus operations during RNC. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. They should have realized much earlier that there was a potential for the campus to become under threat during the RNC even without housing officers on campus. In light of recent events with the Black Lives Matter movement and violence against police, CWRU is effectively housing a bunch of officers who are, justifiably, scared. Nonetheless, hopefully readers will recognize the nonpartisan nature of these concerns about safety, community relations, and civic engagement. Tenants are included in this per Engblom v. Carey. Belhar clinic shut down over suspected case. One of my brothers is a year from graduating. What was kent State? No and they hope nothing does. This was the first new case in 19 days for the state. As the faculty member notes, how in God’s name is it that instructors have the burden of figuring out – on a week’s notice – how to maintain the continuity if an already condensed weekly schedule immediately before final exams: which at least in STEM subjects are rarely curved, and the grade reflects the student’s mastery of a specific set of information. Instead of disputing semantics, I will continue to call this decision what it is: CWRU is effectively cancelling its classes in order to host 1,700 riot police for the RNC. The size of the police force being quartered on campus is larger than one third of the entire undergraduate student body. Then, suddenly, the world changed. Meanwhile, all faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates have been warned repeatedly that they should avoid campus during the week unless it is absolutely imperative that they be here. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. She wrote that officials were planning to take additional steps to enhance campus safety during the convention. If you’ve taught, you know the author is correct. Instead of your entitled complaining, why don’t you think about the reasons behind this decision? As a student living on campus myself, I did not feel that the university was forcing me out of my dorm with their manner of communication. Buildings: The library and Veale athletic and recreation center will be closed but the university center will remain open. True, but – as a place of higher learning, we should be above this. Have you thought of the organizations that target universities during these events for publicity? To make matters even more troubling, President Snyder’s email apologizes for “a lack of communication” even as it exaggerates the amount of communication her administration provided. Since there’s no doubt that students weren’t informed at that time, why were they not made aware (or offered accommodations by the university) when they signed up for housing over the summer? Cuyahoga Community College will close several buildings near the convention site. If this kind of foolishness had happened during WW2, people would have gotten their @sses beat, told to grow up and deal with it. President Snyder’s decision thus equates to cancelling two weeks of class during the fall or spring semester. This gives us the time delay from an infection to become a diagnosed and counted case as the shutdown increased the social distance and lowered the number of new infections. When someone tries to harm you, who do you call? Case houses people every summer when students go on break and this summer is no exception. You are paying for a service are you not? And I still think Case has wonderful students that go on to do tremendous things. With respect to this:”If students and faculty are too ignorant (or selfish) to understand these points, then they should not be students or faculty members at CWRU.”, This rhetoric is giving off the same stale stench as many xenophobic and backward comments do: “If you don’t like it here (i.e. As for officers being housed in the dorms, so what? Shared governance, I fear, is passé when the university can capitalize on a political convention by executive decree. I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to the author. When we claim to fear for their safety even though we ourselves have created the conditions causing us to fear for their safety? The administrative decision making was disappointing then. This directive has been disseminated multiple times. The blame belongs to would-be rioters. I don’t know if you realized this, but no student is being FORCED to move anywhere. During President Snyder’s Q&A session, she explictly mentioned that these officers’ role is to halt sudden disturbances as a result of the RNC and could be called upon at any time (responding to a question of when we might see them more actively on campus). So when I say “riot police,” I’m not saying that pejoratively, as though that’s their identity. Gatherings were banned, schools and daycares closed, and nearly every business deemed “non-essential” shut down in a bid to slow the virus. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) prides itself on being the leading research university in Northeast Ohio. Yet, oddly enough, ignore the true cases of both. Just like classes aren’t being cancelled. President Donald Trump's plan to sue Pennsylvania in federal court to determine how the state conducts mail-in voting has been effectively shut down by a US district court judge. They’re just being completely overhauled and compromised. Of course, if anyone feels that I’m missing the standards for an injunction under controlling Sixth Circuit case-law, I’m all ears/. Snyder sent out a campus-wide email Monday afternoon regarding the forums. The fact that you misrepresent this in your narrative is quite disconcerting and reeks of misdirection. ". And even if they are permitted to carry inside the dorms, so what? Waaaaa your tuition? Admittedly, students aren’t being forced out of their dorms. Last week, the FBI arrested 29 year old Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind the online marketplace Silk Road, after two years of investigations and undercover purchases. Your stupid and trivial and meaningless causes are not our causes and we’re fed up with you. CWRU likely was not forced to quarter the police, they were likely offered a financial sum in return. If you have the audacity to write something like this, at least have the stones to put your name on it. Make no mistake, the 1700 officers and 200 national guardsmen/guardswomen who are on campus are the people who will be specifically responding to quell riots. The first case of coronavirus was just confirmed in western Pennsylvania. Just take a moment to re-read that last sentence and think about what it actually says. Misdirection is the farthest thing from my intention. Do we want it broadcast all over the world that the city of Cleveland was ill prepared to host such an event? And not worth it either, since the Republican party is a shitbox right now. It was her response to a student asking/accusing her of whether or not the university stood to profit from the decision. There is little if any equivalence between a disrupted commute and a serious, week-long disruption to an already short-term course. It was ugly and embarrassing and despicable here, and, you know what?…not a damned thing happened to any of them for violating law and principle. Finally found something sensible in this juvenile article, even though it was an author’s follow-on comment. Raising these memories is not in any way contrary to supporting police and other security officers. [/blocktext]A week of cancelled classes may not sound too bad, but consider that the summer sessions last only eight weeks. They decided to take a break, for one week only, from being an institution of higher learning. As for Case’s mission of “Promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship,” the commitment to “Nurture a community of exceptional scholars who are cooperative and collegial, functioning in an atmosphere distinguished by support, mentoring and inclusion,” and the core values of “Civility and the free exchange of ideas; Civic and international engagement; Appreciation for the distinct perspectives and talents of each individual,” another disservice is done by this closure, which obviously also violates the values of “Integrity and Transparency”, especially with respect to “Shared governance”. People were not angry at the police. The rest of us adults look at the ‘crazy mad’ that defines BLM, OWS, PETA, Earth First, Animal Rights, etc and we see in each and every one of those very very angry people the kind of people that get behind the wheel of a truck and set out to kill little things like rethuglicans. There is no “taking” or “seizure”… your claim would be laughed right out of court. They are not allowed to “stockpile” arms in the dorms. After reading all of your comments I can only assume that you are not another inconvenienced Cleveland resident but a PR wonk (and perhaps a Republican as well?). Mailing Address: 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106-4970 There may have been pressure from government officials, but revenue generation is the real driver. Terrible things happened and a lot of students got needlessly hurt. I read your post and felt it was written by someone upset about things. Pay attention class, an adult has entered the discussion. Maybe all you liberals can hold hands and sing Kumbaya and that will create the utopia you so desire. Another student observed: “I’ve been given 24 hours to decide where I am going to live next week. I’ve also heard that the city intends to reimburse the university for costs it will incur this week, but that the odds of turning a profit are very slim. These body-armored, face-shielded, overtime-paid “mercenaries” will be champing at the bit to wield a baton and spray their pepper. In a democracy, we often do not agree with things that happen but need to listen. While my colleagues are brilliant, innovative, and committed teachers, I don’t think anyone who understands the energy and preparation that goes into teaching a college course would realistically imagine that “the learning will still take place” in anything resembling the manner we envisioned when we designed our courses. More explictly, President Snyder stated that their assigned riot gear would be kept in a separate location off-campus. Should we talk about how we got to this place and what we need to do about it now. Statistics show blacks are 44% more likely to be killed by black criminals than by police of any color, for any reason. Riot police are brought in for any major event. Universities are however not-for-profit businesses. Case Western Reserve University offers a range of opportunities for you to get to know our campus, students, faculty and admission staff online. In light of developments concerning the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Case Western Reserve University Office of Undergraduate Admission is not scheduling on-campus tours and information sessions at this time. I really do believe they’re doing what they can. Have you ever been given one week’s notice to leave the apartment you already paid for? Nor is there any indoctrination. But when I spoke with a colleague who sat on the Faculty Senate last year, this colleague informed me—after reviewing every agenda and all of the meeting minutes from last year’s Faculty Senate assemblies—that there is no record of the subject ever coming up. The latest case is a Darwin woman in her 50s who tested positive on … Case is not their jurisdiction so they won’t do anything there. As much as I understand the frustration with minimizing campus activities during this time, I have to caution against placing blame on those with power, which is often so easy to do. As for guns not killing/shooting people, do you think all of those toddlers or children accidentally shooting/killing others were evil and intending to harm others? Blame the colleges that didn’t have the decency OR the bravery to tell these domesticated Terroist Protest-RIOTERS to cut it out and kick them out! If you don’t like it, call Black Lives Matter for a new roommate or for protection on one of the most crime-ridden campuses in the US! With the political and national security climate of the past couple weeks, naturally some students are concerned to live so close to peace officers. What are universities for? This piece should be in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. (think PETA) The police are here, and there is nothing wrong with them staying in EMPTY dorm rooms to help PROTECT our city and citizens. I understand next week will cause upheavals for all members of the CWRU community, but I think some sacrifices need to be made by all members of this City to do everything possible to make the RNC in Cleveland a success. The student are collateral damage…with little to no recourse….but I hope many choose otherwise. She wrote that CWRU had agreed to house the officers at Cleveland's request and the city's officers have assisted campus police when needed. There are several points in this comment that I wish you’d made in the original article, but mainly I think venting about the inconvenience to you and the students, rather than about the target CWRU now has on it, diluted the real issue, at least in my opinion. Fear provokes unjustified action from all parties. It’s hardly fair nor negligible to squelch the voice of a major university in a fairly liberal city that is nonetheless hosting the RNC in a swing state. It’s easy to sit in your office or dorm room and second guess and criticize what you know nothing about. We are expected to continue our classes in some alternative fashion, redesigning our curriculum to fit an online platform or uprooting our students to meet at a public location far from campus. In Western Australia there have been 3788 tests conducted, leading to 14 positive cases. To begin, these are riot police. Postal service do not live at the post office. That’s why students and faculty are worried. Now get off our lawn while more important people come to town. Did any of you ever once consider that this was done for your protection? Who would trust you, let alone read your rant thoughtfully when the childish bias is so overt? Additionally, suggesting classes meet off campus is ineffective at best as many students will not have the transportation to accomplish this. Mailing Address: 10900 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106-4970 It means disrupting the education of bright, energetic young minds in order to offer our supply of housing to help meet the city’s demand for a convenient base of operations. Nobody foresaw the current political climate of the Republican party at the time of the decision. Classes at the Metropolitan Campus will be held off-site. Sounds like someone really needs a vacation….. I work at Key Tower. If you need a quick explainer, Hotze and Woodfill put out a video explaining why they think the order is unconstitutional. 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