A historic moment for administrative relations with the student body, this decision was made amid serious protestations from the student body over the fairness of the proposed scaled back Georgetown Day.
Last night students were proposing an alternative Georgetown Day site to continue the celebrations without movement restrictions. Letters were sent to President John DeGioia from students asking him to “please take down the barricades, put a stop to the plan to kettle us, and restore our freedom of movement on Friday.”
“We applaud the planning committee of Georgetown Day 2012 for their work to listen to the concerns expressed by students. We appreciate that the planning committee found a way to incorporate the students’ concerns into the efforts they have made to ensure a safe and fun day,” University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr said.
The Planning Committee’s email called it a “Copley Compromise”:
Fellow Georgetown students:We have worked tirelessly for the past five weeks to put together the best day possible for Georgetown Day 2012. We established that having a safe environment to hold our celebrations was a top priority. In doing so, we understand that the plan we put together was received by many students to prevent the sense of community we are coming together to share on the lawns.
We appreciate your input, we heard your valid concerns and we have worked quickly with the university administration to address them. We believe that removing the barricades on Copley Lawn and replacing them with security checks at the entrances to the lawn accomplishes our goal of providing a safe environment while addressing your concerns that our security plan was too rigid. This is the same policy that was in place last year. No area on the lawn will be barricaded.
In the future, we hope that the concerns you have expressed regarding our security plan can be a part of our early planning process. We truly look forward to having your input in the fall as we begin planning for Georgetown Day 2013.
We look forward to you joining us tomorrow as we celebrate all that we have accomplished during our years at Georgetown.
The Georgetown Day Planning Committee