Pomona College Allows Students to Stay on Campus After Protest

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Administrators at Pomona College have caved to the demands of a group of student protesters. Students will now be permitted to remain on campus during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report by the College Fix, administrators at Pomona College have given in to the demands of a group of student protesters who recently expressed their dissatisfaction with the college’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Breitbart News reported last week that students at Pomona College in California had issued a list of demands to administrators in response to the college’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

Students at universities and colleges around the country have been told to leave their campuses as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus. In the petition, students demanded that they be permitted to stay on campus during the ongoing pandemic.

We demand that all petitions to stay at Pomona College for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year be immediately approved. Partial AND conditional acceptances to students who have petitioned to stay for the remainder of the academic year are unacceptable. Rejection and partial acceptances deliberately place students in immediate proximity to domestic violence, food insecurity, houselessness; places international visas in jeopardy, and prevents access to work, and healthcare loss due to SHIP’s extremely limited coverage in areas remote from campus.

The student protest group, which calls themselves “Occupy Pomona,” announced on Sunday that Pomona officials had caved to their demands. The group, however, still argued that the college could have done more to protect vulnerable students from the ongoing pandemic.

However, we know that there are still many students who were forced off-campus without adequate housing due to the dorm walkthroughs Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, as well as poor communication and lack of transparency from the onset. These displaced students will incur various expenses over the next couple of months, including rent for safe and affordable housing and nutritional food.

Breitbart News reported in April 2018 that Pomona College’s sister school, Scripps College, hosted a “no whites” swimming party. Pomona College and Scripps College are two of the seven institutions that comprise the Claremont Colleges, a group of colleges and universities in Claremont, California, that share amenities and resources.

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