More Maryland colleges are assuring students that protesting gun violence won't hurt their futures.
Since the deadly Florida school shooting where 17 people were killed students in Maryland and across the country have been rallying for stricter gun laws. Several schools threatened to suspend students who took part in any walkouts.
Now both Goucher College and University of Maryland, College Park are reassuring college-hopefuls.
Monday morning Goucher Collegetweeted out "We promise that all offers of admission will NOT be affected by any participation in peaceful protests. You voice matters & we are proud of those who stand up to use their voice for positive change."
At Goucher, we believe in the power of using your voice for good. We promise that all offers of admission will NOT be affected by any participation in peaceful protests. Your voice matters & we are proud of those who stand up to use their voice for positive change. #GoucherProud
— Goucher College (@gouchercollege) February 26, 2018
A few hours later University of Maryland promised students disciplined by their high schools for taking part in peaceful demonstrations won't be penalized. Saying "non-academic disciplinary action from high school will not affect a student's admission".
We recognize that students benefit from civic discourse and dialogue. Non-academic disciplinary action from high school will not affect a student’s admission to the University of Maryland if they are engaged in peaceful and respectful protest.
— Maryland Admissions (@ApplyMaryland) February 26, 2018
On Friday Johns Hopkins University made a similar announcement.
Hopkins values students who engage in peaceful + productive civic engagement. Our undergrad admissions office supports students who take respectful action, and your admission will not be negatively impacted if you are disciplined for expressing yourself in a peaceful way.
— Johns Hopkins U. (@JohnsHopkins) February 24, 2018
A number of other universities including Yale, Dartmouth, MIT, and the University of Virginia have all released statements supporting students' right to protest.