How MU students could be affected by Trump’s presidency

Donald Trump has previously called the university “disgraceful.”

In a campaign video on his website, Donald Trump said he is a “tremendous believer in education.”

At a campaign stop in Cleveland, Trump said that there is no policy in need of urgent change more than our “government-run education monopoly.” In early October, Trump also told Chris Wallace, who is the host of “Fox News Sunday,” that he would possibly consider getting rid of the federal Department of Education as a whole.

Regarding the University of Missouri specifically, Trump said on Nov. 12, 2015, that the protests and resignations were “disgusting.” When asked about former UM System President Tim Wolfe and former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, the administrators who resigned Nov. 9, 2015, Trump said that they were “weak, ineffective people.”

"I think that when they resigned, they set something in motion that's going to be a disaster for the next long period of time. They were weak, ineffective people," Trump said. "Trump should have been the chancellor of that university. Believe me, there would have been no resignations.”

In a compilation by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators that addresses both presidential candidates’ stances on higher education, the organization curated Trump’s stance from statements from his campaign co-chair Sam Clovis and an Oct. 13 campaign speech.

According to the NASFAA compilation, Trump called on institutions with large endowments to spend more on students in order to lower college costs. He also wants to address the risk that institutions take when distributing loans to potential students; institutions would take into account a student’s future income. For instance, Clovis said, institutions should be careful lending to liberal arts majors who have lower job security after graduation.

Trump would also take students’ future incomes into account by implementing an income contingent repayment plan. Borrowers would make payments capped at 12 percent of their income, and debt would be canceled after 15 years.

Trump is against tuition-free higher education and President Barack Obama’s proposal for free community college for high school graduates. He would continue to reduce the government’s role in higher education by transitioning the role of lending toward private banks.

The larger, 58-page platform of the Republican Party lays out a plan to end the federal direct student loan program. The party added that it wants to restore greater “private sector participation in student financing.”

Another issue that may affect MU students is the Republican Party’s stance on campus sexual assault. The party’s platform says Obama has micromanaged how colleges and universities would choose to deal with sexual assault. The platform says the reports should be dealt with by only law enforcement, not university officials.

Late in the campaign, Trump came under fire for a video, originally released in 2005, that included audio where Trump boasted about kissing and groping women without their consent.

Last spring, MU began to implement new signs for single-stall bathrooms and showers in older residence halls that read “Women” and “Men.” The signs have now been changed to read “Toilet” or “Toilet and Shower” accordingly, so people can use the restroom that fits with their gender identity.

The platform advises against this, saying the policy of allowing transgender students to use the restroom that matches with their gender identity is “illegal, dangerous and ignores privacy issues.”

MU students who are undocumented immigrants, or their families, could also be affected by Trump’s proposed immigration policies. Trump has said that he would be “very, very tough on the borders” and proposed a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“I would be not allowing certain people to come into this country without absolute perfect documentation,” Trump said at a rally in March.

Trump has also emphasized that he will make the borders “impenetrable,” and has said that he will increase the power of border patrol agents and police. His plan includes deporting 11 million immigrants.

Edited by Emily Gallion |

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