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SU Students Hold “Rally for Diversity,” Sit-In at Chancellor’s Office

By Lisa Dumas

Syracuse University students are protesting the school’s administration policies for the fourth time this academic year.

About 100 members of the University Community gathered outside Hendricks Chapel Monday for a Diversity and Transparency Rally, after which, they held a sit-in at the office of Chancellor Kent Syverud at Crouse-Hinds Hall.

Presenting a 43-page document of grievances, the group—calling themselves the General Body—says they are unhappy with the closing of the advocacy center—that provided crucial advocacy services to sexual assault survivors on campus—and with the cutting of programs for students of color.

The changes being protested come under the Chancelor’s “Fast Forward Syracuse” program. The General Body’s grievances also include:

• The disregard for the Student Association and University Senate resolutions;
• The slashing of program budgets;
• And, the end of Multicultural Spring, which recruited both low income and students of color to the campus.

After about 40 students spent two nights in the building, Syverud reportedly visited the students Tuesday, and told them he would read the grievances, and that he asked Bea González, dean of University College, to serve as a liaison between him and the coalition.

General Body SU reportedly began negotiations with González Wednesday evening. González, Thursday, issued “an open letter to the Syracuse community” outlining the chancellor’s plan to address concerns.