The UIUC graduate employee organization initiated a network of support for Chen Yidongfang Daily’s signature. (Website screenshot)
Ivor Chen, a fourth-year Chinese student in the University of Illinois at Champaign (UIUC) PhD in Physics, has violated the school’s anti-epidemic regulations and failed to undergo regular tests for the new crown virus (CCV). He was ruled “expulsion from school and visa cancellation” Although Chen Yidong’s appeal was unsuccessful, the UIUC Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) that supported Chen initiated a joint signature, hoping to use public pressure to persuade the school to restore Chen’s student status. This signature action reached 17 Over 18,000 people have been supported by the day.
●UIUC has expelled at least 50 students who violated epidemic prevention regulations
The vice principal of public affairs of the school, Robin Kaler, told the newspaper via email on the 17th that she was unable to explain Chen Yidong’s case further due to the federal privacy law. However, she pointed out that during the pandemic, the school’s most The priority task is to ensure the safety of students, teachers, staff and the community, which is why the school strictly implements inspection and other epidemic prevention regulations.
According to the dean of students (Dean of Students) Stephen Bryan previously mentioned, before the start of the spring class, more than 2,700 students violated the epidemic prevention regulations, of which 50 students were expelled from school, and 11 This organization has also been sanctioned.
●Considering that the mother who lives with her is at high risk of contracting the epidemic, Chen Yidong almost stays at home
GEO pointed out that Chen Yidong considered his mother who lives with him as a high-risk group. After the outbreak last year, he almost stayed home except for occasional shopping trips. After the start of the fall class last year, he himself stayed at home and did not go out. Self-confessing to meet the school’s standard of “full online classes and non-essentially not going out can be exempt from testing”, plus considering that going out for testing may increase the risk of infection and affect the mother’s health, so he has never received the school’s virus test.
On December 11th last year, Chen Yidong went to the Society of Actuaries (Society of Actuaries) building, which is actually owned by UIUC, which is located on campus in Africa. He was preparing to take the exam. When he entered the building, he was unable to produce a test certificate. Rejected, Chen Yidong, who was wearing a mask at the time, obeyed the instructions and left. The whole process took less than five minutes.
●At the end of December last year, the school received a notice of disciplinary action
Then on December 21 last year, Chen Yidong suddenly received a disciplinary notice from the school, accusing him of never accepting the school’s two-weekly virus test after the fall class started, which obviously violated the school’s epidemic prevention regulations.
Chen was very surprised by the punishment. He said that he had been abiding by the epidemic prevention regulations. However, he mentioned that he hadn’t seen or knew the school’s fall semester regulations “need to pass the application to be exempt from testing.” As for the beginning of the spring class this year, he received a request from students “If you want to be exempted from testing, you need to submit an application” email, the application will be immediately sent out and the permission for the exemption from testing will be obtained.
●GEO said that too many emails sent by the school may cause confusion
GEO expressed support to Chen Yidong that when the school started last fall, the school sent a mass notice on September 24, requesting that students who did not accept the test should apply for exemption. However, Chen Yidong said that he did not see this email or notice. GEO said, “We received “There are a lot of emails,” GEO said. When Chen Yidong received the school email in the spring class, he immediately filed an application for exemption from testing. “This is also our claim that since the spring semester is willing to comply with the regulations, it is incorrect to expel Chen Yidong from school for violation of school regulations. “.
●The school ruled to expel students and banned from entering the campus Chen Yidong’s appeal was rejected
After receiving the notice of violation of school regulations, Chen Yidong asked GEO for help, and was accompanied by a representative of the organization to attend the hearing of the school’s student discipline committee on January 29 this year. However, GEO said that the committee only gave Chen Yidong about 10 minutes to state the reason on that day. Let the GEO representative speak, and then announced the relevant penalties, including “expulsion from school for one year”, “two 1,000-word reflective essays”, “supervised operation by the University of Iraq police department, prohibiting Chen from entering the campus”, ” If you want to return to school after one year, you must submit a petition”, “Need to participate in 80 hours of community service”.
Chen Yidong, who could not accept the severe punishment, then appealed to the Academic Senate Committee on Student Discipline, but was rejected on February 11; In addition, GEO filed a Level 2 complaint on behalf of Chen Yidong on February 1. grievance), the school also rejected it on the 5th. At present, GEO has upgraded the appeal to Level 3. If it is rejected again, Chen Yidong can only seek a long legal arbitration process.
As Chen Yidong’s student status was removed, his student visa was also forced to be cancelled. If he could not find a job or channel that could legally reside as soon as possible, he might have to leave the country soon. This is for Chen Yidong, who has been studying in the United States for many years and is finally looking for a degree. In other words, it means that all efforts have been stifled. Therefore, GEO hopes to pass public pressure to give the case room for change.
●UIUC: Ensuring safety is the top priority and the review process is open
Carrell said that she could not comment on student cases, but explained in detail that all the school’s new coronavirus epidemic prevention regulations are regularly published on various platforms on the school, and also clearly listed the possible consequences and review procedures for violators.
She said that in order to avoid conflicts caused by incomplete information, the school kept reminding deans, directors, and department heads of each school to refer to the website www.covid19.illinois.edu when communicating with teachers and students about epidemic prevention. Read the official mail sent by the school.
As for the process of student disciplinary procedures, the school provided the accused’s “written allegation”, “the instructor to attend the hearing together”, “the right to provide evidence and testimony”, and the “right to appeal”. These procedures are all determined by the Senate. Work together with Senate in partnership with the office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR).
In addition, the expulsion cases and appeal cases are also heard and decided by a team of students and faculty members.
She said that in the trial and appeal process, students are very clear about their rights, responsibilities and choices. If there is updated evidence that may affect the outcome within a reasonable period of time after the appeal, it can be provided to OSCR as a basis for reconsidering the decision.
Carrell said that during this pandemic, the school’s highest priority is to ensure the safety of students, teachers, staff, and the community. This is why the school strictly runs inspections and other epidemic prevention regulations.
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