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August 18, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Ithaca College administration denies request for public discussion about CAPS

The Ithaca College administration has rejected the #getCAPSready campaign’s invite to have an open-forum event, which would have included representatives from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and the administration on a panel speaking to students.

Senior Jared Wolf sent an email April 15 to President Tom Rochon; Linda Petrosino, interim provost and vice president for educational affairs; and Thomas Grape ’80, chair of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, seeking administration involvement in a panel on behalf of  #getCAPSready and Active Minds.

On April 17, Petrosino responded on behalf of the administration and denied the request. Petrosino also directed Wolf to the administration’s commentary in The Ithacan from April 8.

Petrosino was not available for comment April 17.

Wolf said the event was designed to give students a forum to “get on the same page” with administrators and CAPS staff.

“What #getCAPSready is trying to be in this next stage is a liaison between students and administration,” Wolf said. “That’s what this event was intending to do: bridge that gap.”

Wolf said Petrosino’s response shows the administration’s lack of understanding of the degree to which the student body wants action.

Sophomore Kevin Doubleday,  a member of the #getCAPSready campaign, said it’s nice the faculty wrote a commentary, but would like to see more.

“It’s nice to be acknowledged, but it would be nicer for change to happen,” he said.

Wolf said he is frustrated by the administration’s decision.

“From day one, it’s been what can we do for CAPS and with administration for CAPS. This was an opportunity, and if nothing changes, it’s lost, and that’s on their end,” Wolf said.

Max Denning can be reached at mdenning@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @TheMaxDenning