Admissions dean backs prospective students who face discipline for protests

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Dozens of US colleges and universities, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider the disciplinary action taken against high school students who protested last week's massacre at a Florida school.

Lee Coffin, vice provost for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Dartmouth, told The Washington Post, he couldn't remember so many students asking about their admission prospects.

"If you are disciplined or suspended by your school as a outcome of peacefully and lawfully exercising your right to protest, such measures will have no effect upon your admissions decision", Solomou said.

The Boston Globe reported Thursday that a Massachusetts Institute of Technology admissions official had responded to applicants' questions with a blog post reassuring them that discipline for peaceful, meaningful protests will not negatively affect their admissions outcome.

"They do so much for everyone in the public schools and, you know, I'm just baffled that they don't get paid that much", said Ghoansgi.

"It's sad", said parent, Kimberly Ware.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, the student-led gun reform movement has spread, and made its way here to the Triad.

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Admission to BU will not be jeopardized should your school levy a penalty for participating in peaceful protests, such as the National School Walkout Day.

If a student walkout or protest happens in one of our schools, we will allow the students to peacefully protest.

If your child is feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to your school administrator for support and guidance.

Besides bots and trolls, Donald Trump Jr., who has been in India since Tuesday to promote the luxury real estate projects of the Trump Organisation, notoriously liked two tweets disseminating conspiracy theories about David Hogg, one of the students survivors prominently at the helm of the protests.

Some universities remained silent.

There was pushback from some people who saw liberal colleges supporting an anti-gun message, and some asking if there would also be support for students joining in Black Lives Matter or antiabortion events.

"There's anxiety that is inextricably connected to this work and this moment", Coffin said. "They're showing that they do care - they have a voice; they're paying attention. That's part of the discourse that the country needs".

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