Syracuse University Demonstrators Address Chancellor's "Final Written Response"

Nov 13, 2014

A group of Syracuse University student organizations says progress has been made but is still insisting the administration can do more to meet their demands. Kent Syverud, Chancellor of the university, released what he called the administrations final response to THE General Body Wednesday night.

Syracuse University students demonstrate Thursday in response to the Chancellor's email about the protests.
Credit (c) Scott Willis, WAER.

THE General Body has been holding a sit-in at Crouse-Hinds Hall for the past ten days. Colton Jones, a member of THE General Body, says that specific problems, such as the closing of the advocacy center, have yet to be addressed by the current administration.

We are glad that the administration has made some small concessions. While a partial apology on the advocacy center’s irresponsible closure is important… it should not have taken 8,000 signatures, three listening meetings, two rallies, and ten days of a sit-in to achieve this simple and reasonable request,” Jones said Thursday. 

In an email sent to the Syracuse University community Wednesday night, Chancellor Syverud said he admired the students’ commitment to the University.

Onlookers gathered to read the signs and listen to members of THE General Body speak about what they wish to see changed.
Credit (c) Scott Willis, WAER.

I strongly believe in free speech, and I strongly believe in being straightforward about issues with folks. And that’s opened up an opportunity to speak, and an opportunity to express concerns about changes – both after they’ve occurred and before they occur,” Syverud said Thursday.

Syverud says the email will be his final written response to THE General Body. The organization plans to continue their protests until their requests are met.