OFSTRA UNIVEM Colleges pledge not to punish walk out students By ERIK HAWKINS Herald file photo HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY IS one of more than 200 higher-education institutions nationwide that have pledged to disregard any discipline students might face for walking out of school to protest gun violence on March 14. firstname.lastname@example.org With high school students on Long Island and nationwide preparing to walk out of school on Wednesday to pro- test gun violence, after press time, more than 200 colleges and universities pledged that students' admission pros- pects would not be affected by any disci- pline they might face at their schools for participating. Polyps can be the precursors to colon cancer. Do you have them? March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and South Nassau Communities Hospital wants you to know that the third leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S. is preventable, treatable and curable. To help inform our community about colorectal cancer risks and symptoms as well as the benefits of screening, South Nassau will be hosting a free educational presentation on March 29. To reserve a seat, visit southnassau.org/cancerseminar. South Nassau GERTRUDE & LOUIS FEIL Cancer Center For more information about South Nav>au' r , r.oncer servic call 866-il ou t hno:<,sa',i,org/ The pledge to not hold students' pro- tests against their chances of admission, at press time, had been made by 33 schools in New York state, including Adelphi University in Garden City and Hofstra University in Hempstead. According to the National Associa- tion of Admissions Counselors, other colleges in the greater metropolitan area that had made the pledge included: • Barnard College • City University of New York • Columbia University • Cornell University • Fordham University • Manhattan College • New York University • Pace University • Sarah Lawrence College • The New School For a complete list of schools, includ- ing a list by state, go to http://bit. ly/2ENqhPj. \We would not take account of school discipline in a circumstance of peaceful protest on a pressing matter of national debate,\ NYU officials wrote in a statement. The number of schools pledging their support might have provided some reas- surance to students on the fence about participating in the demonstration, in which students nationwide were expect- ed to walk out for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people who died at the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Students at Sanford H. Calhoun High School, in Merrick, and others across Nassau County had indicated that they would participate in the demonstration. School districts, however, had been largely silent on how they would handle the walkouts on a policy level. The New York State School Boards Association issued a statement on its website warning districts choosing not to discipline students who participate that they could set a precedent for other disobedience of school policies. .The NYSSBA warned districts against explicitly supporting the walkouts. \It would be ill-advised for a school district to provide such support, based upon the established principle that school districts have no express authori- ty to engage in political activities,\ NYS- SBA officials said. \Accordingly school district sponsorship of such activities would not appear to be a viable option.\ New York State United Teachers, the statewide union, did not explicitly endorse the March 14 walkout, but was encouraging educators to wear orange that day. Orange is the color of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Look for coverage of the school walk- outs on Wednesday at www.liherald.com.