Statement on Admissions and Peaceful Protest
The recent shootings and horrible deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., are, sadly, only the latest mass killings to take place at a school in the years since Columbine, which occurred 19 years ago this April. The incident has ignited student protests at the school, as the nation has witnessed the determination, eloquence and energy of these young people.
As other students across the nation choose to participate in upcoming walkouts and other forms of peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations, many colleges and universities have assured prospective students that participating in such peaceful walkouts will not affect their admissions status.
Ohio Northern University, a campus that this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s appearance and address to students on Jan. 11, 1968, joins with other higher education institutions. ONU assures prospective students that participating in peaceful protests will not negatively impact their admissions status. Our faith-based heritage as a university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, our core values and King’s legacy here motivate us to support these students, their integrity and their First Amendment rights.
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