Online petition doesn’t sway Gray-Little’s decision on Tuesday classes
- Apr. 1, 2012
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While Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little acknowledged the atmosphere surrounding the basketball team playing in the national championship, she maintains her decision that classes will not be cancelled Tuesday if the team wins Monday night.
Gray-Little’s announcement last week that school will resume Tuesday no matter the success of the team drew the ire of students, many of whom took to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure with her decision.
In reaction to Gray-Little’s email, students created a petition through gopetition.com asking her to reconsider the decision. The petition has gained more than 700 signatures as of Sunday afternoon.
In response to the petition, Gray-Little said, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of some of our students, but KU’s first duty as a university is to encourage excellence in the classroom. We’re all thrilled that the Jayhawks are playing for the national championship, and should we win, I’m confident students will celebrate safely.”
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto issued a video statement to Kentucky fans on March 30 stating that the Lexington campus will run regularly on Tuesday.
“Our classes will be in session,” Capilouto said. “It will be business as usual.”
Edited by Christine Curtin