Penn, Temple Tell Prospective Students That Protesting Won’t Affect Admission

The declarations, in the wake of national student protests after the Parkland shooting, could come in handy for Cherry Hill East students who walked out on Tuesday morning.

Walkout held at Cherry Hill East High School. (Photo via 6abc.)

In response to a growing concern from applicants, several Philadelphia-area colleges and universities have used social media as a platform to reiterate their support for any prospective student who may have been disciplined for participating in a peaceful protest.

The public declarations were made over the past week or so in solidarity with teens across the country who have been staging walkouts at various high schools to call for gun safety in the wake of the Florida massacre. Some school districts have told kids that their participation in such displays could negatively affect their college admission process.

Scores of students at nearby Cherry Hill East walked out of class early Tuesday morning to protest the suspension of a teacher for discussing security issues at the school.

“Not only was Sunday’s statement in line with Temple’s history and mission,” TU spokesman Brandon Lausch tells Philly Mag, “but it also joined various universities across the country that made similar statements reassuring applicants that admissions decisions would not be affected by disciplinary action resulting from peaceful participation in protests. Future Owls should expect to see passionate discourse on our campus daily.”

In addition to Temple and Penn, a few other local schools also chimed in: