Removal of Police Academy and transition to a Student Union.
Niagara University has sworn to adhere to a commitment of supporting its Black and Brown students as well as the larger BLM movement as a whole. Though while maintaining the Police Academy it refuses to acknowledge the trauma and fear that Students on campus must face everyday. This is a massive oversight if Niagara truly seeks to create a racially safe campus, mental health is something that is consistently ignored especially as it pertains to the experiences of minorities. Through this petition and the work of fellow student we will finally create a safe campus for all students.
This is a link to a living document information compiled by students on why it should be removed and solutions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nId35pmf4L_ZM5...
The Academy provides no benefit to the School; It provides Zero revenue for the University.
It takes up physical space for people that do not even pay to attend here and could be used for other things such as a student union or classrooms.
It puts the burden on the students to engage with and share space with cadets, as if our campus is their playground or experiment zone and not a University.
According the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Universities should do everything they can to divest from Policing, https://www.aclu.org/news/criminal-law-reform/poli... because it promotes an unsafe and toxic campus for students.
We recommend it being moved to the now refurbished building owned by Niagara in Downtown Niagara Falls.
We ask that all students, Alumni and family and friends of students sign on to this petition, because this is an issue of safety for students mental health and physical well being!