Coalition of Graduate Employees

Attendees of the die-in protest lay on the Old Main lawn for 14 minutes, symbolizing the 140,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
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The Coalition of Graduate Employees at Penn State hosted a “die-in” protest Monday, demanding the university revise its plan to bring students back on campus in the fall. 

Speaking in front of Old Main, Maggie Hernandez, an organizer with the coalition, said it’s unsafe for Penn State to plan for in-person classes in the fall. 

“If they do value and support us, they will listen to our demands, prioritize our safety and switch to fully online instruction in the fall,” Hernandez said. 

Old Main, an administrative building and landmark of Penn State's University Park campus.
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In the wake of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania, Penn State is switching to remote learning and discouraging students from returning to campus for three weeks.