Report: Students Herald
For nearly 7 months now, students at Beaconhouse National University (BNU) have been trying to convince their administration to install elevators on campus. The administration has repeatedly failed to acknowledge the importance of the issue at hand, and is apathetic to the needs of students with disabilities.
In early March 2020, after meeting with several students with disabilities as well as concerned faculty members, a group of students (that has chosen to remain anonymous) approached the administration. Meetings were held with the Head of Department of the School of Visual Arts at BNU Rashid Rana, as well as the head of student affairs. Some students even asked builders and architects, including some from the faculty at BNU to assess what the cost of installing a single elevator might be. Despite these positive steps taken on behalf of the students, and even after expressing the willingness to help raise funds for at least one elevator, the administration refused to have any further discussions on the matter, and warned students not to bring it up again.
While talking to our campus reporter, a student said “we are hopeful that the administration will soon understand how important this is, there will come a point where they will have to listen to and accept our demands… It really is not okay how elderly members of our faculty have to go up several flights of stairs every day, let alone the ones with long term medical conditions.”
Petitions are now being circulated on campus, and will soon be handed over to a group of students that will volunteer to present them to the Vice Chancellor of Beaconhouse National University. According to students from BNU, over 200 students have signed, despite how several students were reluctant to sign their names, out of fear of being flagged and/or targeted by the administration.