It’s almost as if many students are just looking for an excuse to stage a protest.

The College Fix reports:

Students stage sit-in at Thomas Jefferson U. after email warnings about unpaid tuition

Students at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University organized a sit-in because their feelings got hurt: They didn’t like the emails sent out warning students about past-due tuition.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, approximately 2,228 students, roughly 25-percent of Jefferson’s total enrollment, received messages threatening de-enrollment.

“A lot of freshmen were crying and calling their parents and saying, ‘I’m going to get kicked out if you don’t pay this charge,’” student Ashlee Miller said. “Everybody was really scared.”

Almost a week later, Provost Mark Tykocinski apologized for the emails, noting he regretted “the distress” they caused. Part of the problem, the Inquirer notes, may be the merger of Jefferson — which is largely a graduate school — with mostly undergraduate Philadelphia University two years ago. The former had sent such notices in the past, but were a shock to those who attended the latter.

From the story:

Jordan Purcell, 21, a senior from Carlisle, said he watched panic spread among classmates. Even after Jefferson said in the follow-up email that it would not de-enroll students that week, students were unsure when or if the university would take that action. He helped to organize the Sept. 16 sit-in.

“You can’t treat students that way,” Purcell said. …

Infuriating students more, Purcell said, was that there appeared to be mistakes.


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