Hampton University students demand ch...

Hampton University students demand changes on campus

There are 65 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 15, 2007, titled Hampton University students demand changes on campus. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Student leaders at Hampton University blasted school officials for their treatment of students and demanded changes in a full-page "open letter" that appeared in HU's campus newspaper Wednesday.

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Grow up

Hampton, VA

#2 Nov 15, 2007
Hampton University is now disrespecting it's young Black students.

What's next?
Hampton Native

Norfolk, VA

#4 Nov 15, 2007
I bet Harvey would crap himself if a private auditor came in and did some work. Had a good friend fired from the admin center because he refused to back date an entry in the log for a federal program. HU did what they needed to do three months past a deadline and expected him to change the date in the computer. Was SOP but he refused.
Chet

Hampton, VA

#6 Nov 15, 2007
Hampton University has also stripped away students right to defend themselves. Their official policy states that "The possession of...firearms...is strictly prohibited."

Adult students that meet all requirements for lawful ownership and carry of firearms everywhere else in the state should be permitted to carry while on campus.

Police are not required, nor are they capable, of protecting YOU, the adult student. When seconds are the difference between life and death, the police are only minutes away...
HU Student

United States

#8 Nov 15, 2007
It would be nice if the Daily Press did a better job of reporting.

Mychal Smith's comments were made off the record.

The story has quotes from two different students that had no part in the production of the letter and do not hold positions of power on campus.

As a journalism student, this appears to be a clear example of irresponsible journalism.

KIM O’BRIEN ROOT spent more time rushing a story out then actually reporting it. I suppose that is why the Daily Press is known as the Daily Mess among students and faculty at Hampton University.
HU Student

United States

#9 Nov 15, 2007
It would be nice if the Daily Press did a better job of reporting.

Mychal Smith's comments were made off the record.

The story has quotes from two different students that had no part in the production of the letter and do not hold positions of power on campus.

As a journalism student, this appears to be a clear example of irresponsible journalism.

KIM O’BRIEN ROOT spent more time rushing a story out then actually reporting it. I suppose that is why the Daily Press is known as the Daily Mess among students and faculty at Hampton University.
OPhiO Class 09 from MD

Hampton, VA

#10 Nov 15, 2007
After seeing the letter that was published in the Hampton Script, I’m disappointed that Dr. Harvey did not meet the deadline that was set. Dr. Harvey can't even meet with his students ?!?!? Hopefully this issue will gain interest beyond the Daily Press to make others aware. Tomorrow just like last year I have to go to Whipple Barn to straighten out financial aid, and I fully anticipate the “Hampton Run-Around”. I encourage all to blast Facebook and tell others about this article and the letter that was in the Hampton Script.
Meixco should pay

Hampton, VA

#11 Nov 16, 2007
Chet wrote:
Hampton University has also stripped away students right to defend themselves. Their official policy states that "The possession of...firearms...is strictly prohibited."
Adult students that meet all requirements for lawful ownership and carry of firearms everywhere else in the state should be permitted to carry while on campus.
Police are not required, nor are they capable, of protecting YOU, the adult student. When seconds are the difference between life and death, the police are only minutes away...
Just what they need- more 'Brothers' carrying guns (read the kilings in the DP if that offends you- facts) in case they get disrespected, so they can shoot thay threat on the spot.
Hampton

Hampton, VA

#13 Nov 16, 2007
As a former employee, there are many changes needed in the Hampton Way. I went to a state college, paid significantly less, was treated significantly better, and registered online. HU is the extreme opposite. The problem I see with HU is the pay scale. My father always told me you get what you pay for. If you want people that can think on their own and make rational decisions, you will have to pay them more than minimum wage. Professional workers require professional pay. And who gets paid once a month in this day and age? HU employees.

However, pay is not the only issue. HU administration is very oppression of its employees. Employees are expected to do as told and ask no questions. This is the main reason for the Hampton Run-Around. Employees just do not know the answers to many of the questions students have. Students then have to run around campus trying to find someone with the answer. Train the employee, empower the employee.

President Harvey, you have done a marvelous job in your tenure. But once you get to high, its hard to see the little people.
Fairness

Virginia Beach, VA

#14 Nov 16, 2007
HU Student wrote:
It would be nice if the Daily Press did a better job of reporting.
Mychal Smith's comments were made off the record.
The story has quotes from two different students that had no part in the production of the letter and do not hold positions of power on campus.
As a journalism student, this appears to be a clear example of irresponsible journalism.
KIM O’BRIEN ROOT spent more time rushing a story out then actually reporting it. I suppose that is why the Daily Press is known as the Daily Mess among students and faculty at Hampton University.
Don't they sell the Daily Press next to the National Enquirer?
Juggernaut Pirate 2473

Hampton, VA

#15 Nov 16, 2007
Hampton University has serious internal issues, as a student here for over 2 years i heard the issues when i was a freshmen, and have seen them in action. Hampton has one of the higher tuition rates around, and a mulit-millionare as president, yet money is nowhere to be found when needed. Mant campus dorms are approaching or over 100 years old, many dorm rooms lack sufficent airconditioning in the summer, or heat in the winter. The cafeteria food services are limited and poor when compared to other universities. Student activities are horribly limited on campus, despite having facilites capable of hosting everything from parties, to movies, and etc. the campus pool is only open for the public for about 6 hours a week, the public gym has been closed for weeks, and the indoor gymnasium is not open for public use as we do not have a field house like other universities. Many buildings are old and need to be replaced or rebuilt. The HU administration does supress free speech, as all demonstration have to be "approved", even our internet access is restricted, as sites are blocked, i cant even write a paper on history involving things suck as the "KKK" since HU blocks access to such information. Its a shame that Hampton University attempts to uphold its outward image to all the nation, when internally it just gets worst and worst. Now its to the point where future alumni is in jeopardy, as nobody wants to come back and help. I would not send my future children to HU if things dont change, and why would i donate and help without any results. President Harvey has made great leaps and bounds in the advancement of HU during his tenure, but that would be expected of the longest reigning university president with over 30 acting years. Of course you will have a list of stuff that oyu built, with your name on it, it all looks good to everyone except his own students, and even many of his staff. Meanwhile the great reputation of HU remains prevalent to all except those who really know it.

The sad part is nothing will come of all this, nopthign will change unless drastic amount of protest and attention are rained down apon the university and President Harvey. Since HU is a "Private" institution they do not have to uphold to the basics that many state schools do, so ultimately HU will do what it wants, when it wants, and how they want, cause there is nobody there to stop them.
Juggernaut Pirate 2473

Hampton, VA

#16 Nov 16, 2007
Even more alarming when one considers the misappropriation of funds is that Hampton proudly reports its million of dollars of grant money to various departments such as chemistry, yet take at look at the facilities for these departments, look at their supplies , then finally look at their budgets and then ask WHERE IS THE MONEY.
Jesus

Omaha, NE

#17 Nov 16, 2007
Chet wrote:
Hampton University has also stripped away students right to defend themselves. Their official policy states that "The possession of...firearms...is strictly prohibited."
Adult students that meet all requirements for lawful ownership and carry of firearms everywhere else in the state should be permitted to carry while on campus.
Police are not required, nor are they capable, of protecting YOU, the adult student. When seconds are the difference between life and death, the police are only minutes away...
Rolling eyes
HU Alum

Chicago, IL

#19 Nov 16, 2007
Hampton acted the same way when I attended. Unfortunately this letter will likely not bring about any real change. The problem is Hampton is in too good a position. They are considered one of the top HBCU's, have perhaps the most attractive campus and they're a private institution will an expensive tuition and full enrollment.

Hampton may not be on the same level as some other elite institutions, but to be honest, that's not their competition. People go to an HBCU because they want the black college experience in addition to a good education. If you want to go to an HBCU but you don't want to live in a big city live DC or Atlanta, then Hampton becomes the #1 choice. And their enrollment shows that.

As for money, there are tons of foundations and organizations that support African American education, so they give money to HU. From what I understand, HU was willing to turn down money from The Scripps Howard Foundation becuase HU didn't want to let the students have full control of the school paper.

Anyway, the school won't change until enrollment begins to shrink or foundations and granting institutions begin pulling out money. That will likely only come with some really bad PR. Like the whole student body needs to not report back for second semester, and protest instead. This story needs to become CNN worthy for it to do any good. Getting covered in the Daily Press just won't do it.

I wish all the current students well.

"Oh Hampton, a thought sent from..."
Senior

United States

#20 Nov 16, 2007
I have to agree with what everyone is saying. I have lived in the dorms, ate in the cafeteria, sat in the classrooms, and been to the library. I am surprised that on Tyler Street there is suppossed to be plans for a new research center and the classrooms we students sit in day after day don't even white boards. I worked for Hampton University during one of my years at Hampton did you know that I didn't receive a dime from my job until three months before school let out! I lived in the dorms where dorm rooms flood everytime it rains. I have seen RA's who get 250 a semester, have to work a min of 12 hors a week. Did you know they only make about 2.13 and hour?? WHAT?!? that is way less than minimum wage and they are expected to do soo much. All I have to say is I hope something, anything, changes because of this!
HU Alum

United States

#21 Nov 16, 2007
As an alumnus of HU and the parent of a cuurent student, I have also been concerned about the administration's "heavy-handedness" concerning stdent rights. Some issues that have come about in recent years regarding this issue could have easily been resolved with minimal cooperation. Certainly the negative press that has resulted would have been a major incentive.

Overall, Dr. Harvey has done a fine job in promoting and building the national repution of HU but some of the conditions at the university are still subpar. To be sure, some of the activities that we were involved with as students back in the day would not be tolerated today's administration. Dr. Harvey and his administration should certainly lighten up and give the current students the abilitiy to express themselves in a respectful manner. That is all the the university should be concerned with.
1996 Graduate

Newport News, VA

#22 Nov 16, 2007
Harvey never does anything. He just sits back waiting for the endowment to grow. I am still awaiting the reprint of a yearbook which I paid for, but never received. The 1996 yearbook was pulled because it didn't fit the school's standards. I guess there is no standard, since there was no 1996 yearbook.
Sarah

Washington, DC

#23 Nov 16, 2007
Though not a Hampton student or alumni, and without knowing the full c of students' complaints, the response of the administration is abhorent. They seem to be forgetting that without students, there is no university.

Keep fighting the good fight!
Hampton

Hampton, VA

#24 Nov 16, 2007
HU Alum wrote:
As an alumnus of HU and the parent of a cuurent student, I have also been concerned about the administration's "heavy-handedness" concerning stdent rights. Some issues that have come about in recent years regarding this issue could have easily been resolved with minimal cooperation. Certainly the negative press that has resulted would have been a major incentive.
Overall, Dr. Harvey has done a fine job in promoting and building the national repution of HU but some of the conditions at the university are still subpar. To be sure, some of the activities that we were involved with as students back in the day would not be tolerated today's administration. Dr. Harvey and his administration should certainly lighten up and give the current students the abilitiy to express themselves in a respectful manner. That is all the the university should be concerned with.
Change will only come from parents of students like you. You have a vested interest with HU. HU parents have to call and get respones from administration, not staff. If you dont get answers hold back your money and send your student to a public school until you see change.
Hampton

Hampton, VA

#26 Nov 16, 2007
Great Thinker wrote:
Hampton University tries to hold its students to a higher standard that must be a shock to the black community. These young black kids are so used to crying and whining to get their way.......Hampton University has very strict policies about behavior for all students and faculty associated with the school.
I wouldn't call it an "elite" school but discipline and expectations like that are needed in the black community.
If Hampton University has a procedure to file a grievance than that is what needs to be followed....young black kids need to understand that following rules and laws is the correct way to behave. Bravo Hampton University for trying to teach these children.
All college kids think their schools take advantage of their rights. I thought that when I was in college also.
I don't think HU students aren't any different from students at a white school. They are just asking for the same types of iiberties as thier white counterpart.

And just for the record, "these childeren" are not animals. YOur statements suggest they are wild and unruley people. They are no more different than their white counterparts that act wild and unruley.
HU Involved Student

Norfolk, VA

#27 Nov 16, 2007
After a thorough review of the 2007-2008 of the Student Handbook, there exists no established grievance policy in the case of students having a problem with Student Affairs. This is probably what the students were referring to when they had the issue of the, "Systematic removal of democratic safeguards protecting student rights." The students are acting in accordance to the rules set forth and they are doing so in the most respectful way possible.

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