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‘We encourage students to engage:’ IU won’t punish potential students for protesting

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 21: Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University has shown its support for any future or prospective students who take part in any marches or protests, saying it will not affect their admission decision.

Many high school students have followed the lead of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, protesting for increased gun control. Students in schools across the country have planned walkouts and other rallies as well.

Many colleges across the country, IU included, have told students that they won’t reject them if they’re disciplined for protesting.

A high school in Houston has warned students that they will be suspended for three days if they took part in any protest.

IU Admissions tweeted the following:

“For all our future Hoosiers: At IU, we encourage students to engage in meaningful, informed, and civil discourse regarding difficult and important issues. Disciplinary action associated with participation in peaceful protest will not affect your admission decision in any way.”