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”. But everyone needs to do that from the top down. I’m saying that this is how these officers will be used in the context of the convention. You can’t accept that, because for you to admit there is evil, then there also has to be good, and where does good come from, our Creator, and you can’t admit there is a Creator. Can we actually presume that asking faculty to reboot one eighth of their entire class, during week seven of an eight week term and with less than one week of notice, will lead to a positive learning experience for our students? This is called being an active civic leader during one of the most important elements of the USA’s democratic process. Thanks for the clarifications, which were desperately needed. What is a university’s obligation to teaching and to research, to the cultivation of critical inquiry and to the perpetuation of knowledge, wherever such knowledge may lead? I am watching this week to see what happens and see how we Allow democracy to play out. Case is in the same area (merely 4 miles from the RNC and neighboring the Clinic and UH), and prudence would dictate for the university to similarly prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. It’s faculty like you that make me feel appreciated, respected, valued, and protected as a student. Not recognizing that is naive. I do think that the administration simply made a genuine mistake when they agreed to house the police here – the climate was much less incendiary at the time and they did not have the foresight to realize how nasty things could get. Misdirection is the farthest thing from my intention. In this country, we still have mechanisms to improve upon our challenges, where in other countries this is absolutely not the case, and anyone from one of the very few I mentioned would look at the US and your comment and be incapable of reconciling the two. Police officers who then engaged the terrorist to end the threat. He's been able to party constantly, and actually turned down multiple ivies for Case (mainly money) and currently has a 140k job offer Case kids are down … A university is not a business. Retail cashiers and employees do not live at Target. (To be clear, I’m not saying that the police themselves will necessarily escalate tensions. The student are collateral damage…with little to no recourse….but I hope many choose otherwise. Or is your college/university not worth paying? Consider President Snyder’s excuse for why we are opening our doors and our dorms to 1,700 riot police. I honestly couldn’t care less that the RNC is being hosted here and I certainly am disgusted with Trump. 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. I do believe it was a mistake to agree, but I can see why they would have done it, and it doesn’t seem like it would have been possible to back out of the agreement this late, so they’ve done the best they can to protect us. The author brings up many salient points that explain why members of the university, whether they be students, grad students, faculty and/or staff would be troubled by this and disappointed with the Universities response. 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. And for all I know, some of them might end up serving in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Officials decided to reduce on-campus operations during the convention. As a collective “global citizen”, we are failing to vote, and not for lack of desire, but due to oligarchic disenfranchisement. After Dallas, one misguided person can put us all in peril. 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. 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. Fear provokes unjustified action from all parties. Put another way, while a class action could address common monetary damages, including the university’s failure to deliver 1/8th of the instruction I and other parents have paid for it can only address those common issues that define the class. It’s in a dictionary. I don’t understand the big deal there are so many officers who already live around campus and no one made an uproar about that so what makes these officers any different? Colleges and universities are always looking for ways to squeeze a bit of revenue out of their facilities in the summer and the students will pay tuition, whether classes are held or not. Admittedly, students aren’t being forced out of their dorms. Thanks for the housing during RNC. To begin, these are riot police. I’d imagine the period during which CWRU is housing police with weapons would represent the safest the campus could possibly be with the RNC going on. The university is thus offering students alternative options with full reimbursement. You know there are people coming to Cleveland to misbehave. Yes, but presumably such a publication would, unlike this one, require the author to sign his work. Obviously something changed in regards to the RNC and safety, and the university was informed of this. I believe and would probably support peaceful protest during this event. What credibility do we retain as champions of free and civil idea exchange when we close down a significant forum for the community’s discussion of political issues during the RNC out of fear that even we can’t be civil to our guests? It is interesting that the administration has decided to keep the campus community safe by bringing thousands of guns onto campus. As far as being a responsible member of the community, these “reduced operations” come with the closure of the dental clinic and Psychology Clinic, which are critical resources serving underprivileged members of the surrounding community. Nearby hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, are likewise preparing for the worst, keeping doctors on call and preparing for an extended emergency without access to outside aid and support. 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. As for officers being housed in the dorms, so what? CLEVELAND, Ohio - Case Western Reserve University, under fire by students and faculty for housing police on campus during the Republican National Convention, has decided to hold no classes, summer camps or other activities on campus from July 18-21. By bringing a massive security presence to campus, it’s turning the campus (and, really, the whole University Circle area) into a focal point for whatever chaos could ensue next week. There is a precedent from the early ’60s for housing the National Guard at Case (before CWRU existed). Clearly, you are an academic with prose like this “Please crawl back under your air-conditioned rock.” Beautiful argument right there. This is a disappointing response. But Snyder admitted that "in answering the city's convention request, we failed to give adequate consideration to the impact the decision would have on members of our community--in particular students staying in residence halls near the buildings housing the officers.". I don’t disagree with housing the peace officers – a critical event from American democracy came knocking upon our door; it’s perfectly acceptable to provide housing when most of the student body is on break. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. President Barbara Snyder held two forums on campus July 6 after students and faculty voiced concerns over housing the police. "Amid our shock and grief, we also recognize that our city soon will host the Republican National Convention, an event that is expected to draw dozens of protests--and could see a significant degree of conflict.". If students and faculty are too ignorant (or selfish) to understand these points, then they should not be students or faculty members at CWRU. Even if it doesn’t, they can see what works well, what works poorly, where improvements can be made, what parts are needed and not. Instead, I want to use this occasion to ask a more basic question. The blame belongs to would-be rioters. Located in Cleveland, Ohio. If you paid for hotel spaces during the RNC to visit Cleveland, would you be upset when showed up and your hotel room was given away to support staff? Yet, oddly enough, ignore the true cases of both. Please, stop and think outside the confines of the CWRU campus. In an email sent to the entire CWRU community, Snyder explains: “The deadly shootings last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas have dramatically intensified our national conversation involving race, law enforcement and the best paths to justice, fairness and safety for all.” This is a savvy rhetorical move. [/blocktext]A week of cancelled classes may not sound too bad, but consider that the summer sessions last only eight weeks. What’s next, “I know you are but what I am I?”. The police will be there to protect lives and property – including that of Case Western. They’re a much more valuable part of their communities than I am to mine, that’s for sure. 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. And, a University is absolutely a business, to say otherwise is quite naive. And even if they are permitted to carry inside the dorms, so what? We need to be reaching out and engaging our community, not bringing in a massive police presence that could very easily escalate tensions on campus and within University Circle and the surrounding area. None of the colleges housing security personnel were forced to do so. And if something did happen to someone on campus – a student, staff or faculty member – what would you do then? Updated Jan 11, 2019; Posted Jul 12, 2016 . Sprint shut down a cellphone tower on the campus of a California elementary school after some parents said it may be linked to several recent cases of childhood cancer. I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Perhaps this is from a tenure-track professor who thinks that this completely false diatribe attacking the University’s president will hurt her chances of getting tenured. 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. Would that provide better optics? Trump was still a joke. Gatherings were banned, schools and daycares closed, and nearly every business deemed “non-essential” shut down in a bid to slow the virus. I wonder how much of the – for lack of a better term – security precautions are due to housing policemen per se and how much is due to the RNC itself. For you strike team leaders of the apocalypse who are thinking of blocking I-90 with a human chain, consider the one angry driver who isn’t going to ‘stop’ in time and plow right through you like Mad Max. It’s 4 days of your life – get over yourself. The university is acting like this is last minute but as the author notes, Snyder made it seem as though this was discussed in the Spring. “Case Western Reserve—along with other area colleges and universities—agreed to house the officers at the city’s request. I just want to say that I am happy that Case is doing this and I believe this article is making a very big deal out of nothing. Because I am a college teacher, about the only thing I can contribute in response to all this frustration and fear is to do what I know to do, which is write, open a discussion, and hope that people will pause and reflect on just what it is we are doing. Actually, a university such as CWRU is unequivocally not a business, which seems to me a fundamental point the author is trying to make. Students wanted the university to require the officers to store their weapons off campus, for the officers to stay out of university-owned buildings that aren't their assigned residence halls, and for the university to provide alternative housing for students uncomfortable with the increased police presence. 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. Buildings: The library and Veale athletic and recreation center will be closed but the university center will remain open. As the number of new coronavirus cases surges each day in many parts of the country, some states are hitting pause … As for canceled classes regardless if case was housing people for the RNC or not they would still most likely be “canceling” clases due to the RNC beING in the city. Absolutely not!” We (students) are PART of a community and as such have a right to make our discontent heard and elaborate on the reasons of our disagreement. I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to the author. 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. ", "Last week's tragedies have horrified us all and raised profound questions for our country," the notice said. 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?). One of the decision apologized for her campus-wide email Monday afternoon regarding the forums walk past them as a or. 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