Two years ago, Iowa State University closed the doors of the student union, a school that was once the heart of campus life and an unlikely spot for a college president.
But this year, the college’s parent portal will be shuttered.
The college said it will shutter its campus crossing campus parent portal as part of a new “community engagement and innovation” initiative.
That initiative, which includes a student-led community advisory board, is part of the university’s plan to modernize its campus.
The university’s parent portals were an important part of how students, faculty, and staff interacted on campus.
But that will no longer be the case.
The portal will not be available to view, and will no long be accessible to anyone without an account.
The move is part for the college to modernise the campus.
In an email to The College Fix, a representative of the school said that “while we may no longer have the opportunity to access all the content that the portal provides, the decision to discontinue the portal was made to provide greater visibility to student-run events, as well as to create a new way for our faculty, staff, and community to connect.”
The college has a community advisory panel, which was created after a 2015 incident in which the administration closed the portal after a student accused a professor of sexual assault.
The panel members were accused of not being “neutral” enough when it came to the professor.
The dean of students was also accused of misusing student resources.
The administration was found to have mishandled the allegations against the professor, who resigned.
The faculty was suspended and was later given a letter of reprimand, a letter that can be revoked at any time.
The professor, James W. Dickey, was given a one-year suspension and a one percent reduction in pay.
The Associated Press reported that the panel was found “to have ignored multiple calls for impartiality” and had failed to take steps to protect student rights.
A spokesperson for the dean of the college said in a statement that “the panel has been reviewed and found to be a critical resource for students, which will be completely removed from the portal.”
The portal was designed to serve as a portal for students and faculty to exchange ideas, collaborate, and have meetings, the spokesperson said.
The student portal was meant to “provide access to relevant information, including campus events, academic and social life, and academic and academic events,” according to the spokesperson.
Students, faculty and staff can still use the portal, which also features “access to resources and resources from other members of the community.”
“We want to build a community around Iowa State,” said Dr. Michael Schatz, a professor and dean of Iowa State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
“There’s a lot of things that people need to connect with.
It’s important to have a space where people can meet, and where they can learn.”
Students have already expressed frustration with the portal.
In a Facebook post on Friday, students at Iowa State wrote that “we are being forced to abandon our campus for an institution that will never be the same.
We need a community that can unite to make this transition happen.”
The move follows an ongoing push by students to change how colleges handle sexual assault allegations.
Earlier this month, President Trump ordered a review of colleges that do not fully comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
The president said he wants to address the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses.
Iowa State has not yet responded to The Fix’s request for comment.
This story has been updated.