IWU and ISU admissions offers assurance to peaceful gun violence protesters

ISU and IWU are assuring high school students their involvement in peaceful protests won’t prevent them from being admitted to the schools. (photo courtesy: Illinois Wesleyan University)

 

By Howard Packowitz

Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan Universities are assuring high school students their involvement in peaceful protests won’t prevent them from being admitted to the schools.

Admissions offices from both campuses have turned to social media to say applicants won’t be penalized even if they face disciplinary action from their high schools.

IWU Dean of Admissions Greg King said he put out a statement after learning students involved in protesting gun violence nationally had inquired whether such activity would be held against them in the admissions process.

“Once I saw that students were injuring nationally that’s when I decided to release that statement in support of their rights,” King said.

King said Wesleyan wants engaged students. However, he said the protests must not violate the law or infringe on the rights of others.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com

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