As far as I understood it, the students didn't know they were losing their stipend/coverage until the alert went out with very little warning. They didn't know they had to line up another option until that went out -- international students even had even been told two weeks prior their plans were going active. I guess the issue is that they are technically considered employees of the University, but surely the grad school knew sooner than that?Somnambulist wrote:I don't know much about the marketplace but if you know your insurance is expiring in 13 hours why wouldn't you have lined up another option? I'm actually not sure how cancelling that is legal, although national insurance laws would demand a notice go out 30 days prior. you would be aware. How is that on the school? I'm very confused and the info seems vague.
As far as I've gathered (not being directly involved with any protests or being a student myself, just sort of seeing it play out), it was felt that Wolfe/Loftin/etc. weren't responding at to, or were downplaying, things that were seen as major events. That led to louder and louder demands that seemed to arc into issues of doubt about whether any change could come from these leaders. Faculty groups even wrote in their beliefs that the current leadership was unfit for creating real and good change -- which I guess tells me that there was a lot of discontent unrelated to the racial issues, but that is what caught the biggest fire. Of course, there was no major move from the curators until the football team went on strike.
It's the lagging response time that sort of baffles me. At NU we had some pretty terrible, albeit isolated, things happen, and the admin responded -- even if all they could offer was platitudes and a vow to improve understanding on campus -- within 24 hours. That it apparently sometimes took days or up to a week for events that were alarming people on campus to be addressed is just bizarre from a PR perspective.
I frankly have no idea if Wolfe stepping down will do anything at all. It certainly did create some attention for the cause(s) at play. I agree, I hope those seeking positive change get what they're looking for.