LA Tech students create online petition demanding 100 percent online courses for UL sysytem
RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - An online petition started by LA Tech students is asking the University of Louisiana System to make classes 100 percent online this fall term.
The UL System includes nine universities which are Grambling State, LA Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, ULM, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Univerisity of New Orleans.
Many colleges and universities across the country have adopted in person, online, and hybrid models for courses. While universities have options, some people say they don’t feel safe coming back to campus.
“We need to watch out for our communities and watch out for our most vulnerable,” said co-chair of the petition Ezra Sherrer.
Sherrer said that it’s not just about students, but faculty and staff too.
Sherrer also acknowledged that some students are apprehensive after a LA tech student recently passed away due to COVID-19 complications.
As of the writing of this article, nearly 300 students have signed the petition. While hundreds want to do online courses, others say they’re ready to go back to campus full time.
“I would love to be back on campus I would and most of the students I’ve talked to they want to be back on campus too,” said SGA President Zac Little.
Little said that students still need their voices heard and assured that the university is putting proper safety measures in place to protect the LA Tech student body.
With only four weeks left until the fall quarter, organizers want people to understand that opening campus could also impact the outside community.
“We have to understand that this individual choice of going to Louisiana Tech and reopening our schools does not have its own individual consequences,” Sherrer said.
Classes start on September 10.
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