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Letter to the Parents
30 November 2009
Dear Rowan Parent:
Please forgive the informality of my salutation, but this letter is going to the parents of all students living in residence at Rowan, either on the campus or in the surrounding neighborhoods, and together those students comprise about 60% of our entire undergraduate population.
You will see a letter attached to this one that has been sent electronically to all of our undergraduate students. The purpose of that letter is two-fold: First, to remind the small group of students who are currently ignoring provisions in our student code relating to student conduct that these provisions are requirements, not suggestions, and that there are penalties for violating them—and we intend to enforce those penalties strictly, in order to get the attention of students whose behavior is unacceptable.
The second purpose of the letter is to inform the vast majority of students who are by and large paying attention to the provisions of the student code of conduct that we will be protecting the value of their degree and the reputation of the campus by cracking down on the behavior of the first group of students.
The purpose of this letter to you, the parents, is simply to inform you of our actions, to seek your support in what we are doing, and to ask that you talk to your student about this issue.
Please feel free to contact any of the following individuals if you have questions or concerns:
A Message from President Donald J. Farish
In the 17 years since the transformational gift from Henry and Betty Rowan, our university has seen unprecedented growth and change. Wonderful things have happened on our campus: new academic and residential buildings; a new generation of faculty who are continuing the proud tradition at our campus of putting the interests of the students first; an increasingly talented student body; and the growing prestige that comes from improved national rankings and regional pride.
Rowan’s demonstrable success makes what I have to say all the more troubling.
There is at present a small group of students who are willfully jeopardizing our reputation and our credibility. Sadly, their behavior reflects poorly on all of us. Let me be specific about the behavior I reference:
I cannot and will not accept that Rowan students as a whole have such callous disregard and disrespect for the community that Rowan calls home. These are not the actions that any student would think appropriate in his or her hometown, nor are they acceptable or appropriate in their temporary home in Glassboro.
Yet I remind you that Rowan’s reputation is your reputation; Rowan’s future is your future. And to the handful of miscreants I say the following:
I understand full well that what has led me to write this letter is the behavior of a small and defiant group of students who feel that it is their right to behave as they choose, regardless of the trouble they cause the citizens of Glassboro or the damage they inflict on Rowan’s reputation. But let me underscore this point: Being a student at Rowan University is a privilege and not a right. Since every Rowan student is effectively an ambassador of Rowan, and since the misdeeds and bad judgment of a few can reflect negatively on the reputation of the many, we will protect the value of your degree by taking action against those who would cause it damage, including revoking their privilege of being a Rowan student.
Donald J. Farish