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University President Does the Unthinkable, and now Students are Calling for Her Resignation

Campus Reform
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Students at Northern Arizona University are demanding their president step down because she refused to endorse safe spaces at a recent forum.
The NAU Student Action Coalition staged a walkout in response to the remarks, and later issued a statement and held a demonstration demanding that Rita Cheng resign from her role as president.

Students at Northern Arizona University are demanding their president step down because she refused to endorse safe spaces at a recent forum.

During the forum, one student asked President Rita Cheng how she could support safe spaces when she doesn’t “take action in situations of injustice,” citing an incident the previous week “when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students.”

Cheng corrected the student, explaining that she doesn’t support safe spaces at all, according to KPNX.

“As a university professor, I’m not sure I have any support at all for safe space,” Cheng asserted. “I think that you as a student have to develop the skills to be successful in this world and that we need to provide you with the opportunity for discourse and debate and dialogue and academic inquiry, and I’m not sure that that is correlated with the notion of safe space as I’ve seen that.”

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The NAU Student Action Coalition was infuriated by Cheng’s response, leading its members in a walkout from the meeting and demanding that Cheng be remov…

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