As a primarily white institution where Black students, faculty, and staff have faced racism from other students and the institution itself, Penn owes its Black community members more.
While progress has been made to give protection to workers, the Office is now in need of its own protection.
Regardless of which approach the University chooses for the fall semester, it must guarantee on-campus housing for low-income and other vulnerable students.
In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the immense stressors it produces, Penn should adopt a proactive rather than reactive stance towards mental health.
If students want to continue having the Penn administration hear their voices, they need to fill out Penn’s COVID-19 Pulse Survey.
Given the significant disruptions that high school students are facing, Penn Admissions should not require any standardized test scores for applicants in the coming academic year.
Many students are now searching for other ways to be productive and keep occupied this summer, such as enrolling in online courses for credit.
Professors must aim to grade assignments promptly before April 29 for the pass/fail opt-in extension to have any practical meaning.
Many students entering the Class of 2024 will make their choice without a clear sense of what Penn is like. Here are ten points admitted students should consider before deciding whether to join us.
In this time of uncertainty and stress amid a global pandemic, schoolwork cannot be the first priority for many students or faculty. Many professors have already instituted new policies to help students cope.
A universal policy would account for the uneven effect the coronavirus has on Penn students, the ability to apply for post-graduate programs without penalization, and the variability in how professors will adapt to this new medium of teaching.
Although Penn has no legal responsibility to pay the dining workers, doing so would be a powerful act of good faith that shows Penn cares about staff and the local community.
Although the coronavirus pandemic makes May Commencement ceremonies inadvisable, it is important for seniors to have something to look forward to in uncertain times.
Contacting parents instead of students was inappropriate and appeared as an effort to fearmonger so parents force their children to leave.
There are times in history where the world needs each of us to do our own part. This is one of those times. And it doesn’t have to be all negative.
Penn students, particularly those who hail from other countries or low-income backgrounds, deserve answers about how coronavirus will affect University life.
Penn professors and academic departments should be more lenient about sick days, both with class and on-campus jobs, so students can better self-isolate in case of illness.
Given that the players and coaches who will lose those championships did not commit any violations, the NCAA’s current sanctions are reprehensible.
If Penn is willing to offer a postponement policy during the final exam period—a period that, by design, gives students extra time to study—the University should offer the same policy during a crowded midterm season.
Rather than relying on symbolism alone, the University should honor Du Bois’ legacy by taking tangible steps to improve the lives of students of color.