Tell school administrators to support access to diplomas and transcripts

Administration at Maine Public/Private Colleges and Universities

As students who belong to Maine public and private colleges, we must pay attention to the statewide proposal of LD 1838 — a bill that would prevent our colleges and universities from withholding the transcripts of students with modest debts owed.

This piece of legislation would greatly benefit us and our classmates beyond college, as transcript withholding provides several hoops for graduates. As the system currently stands, transcript withholding often prevents many students from transferring credits from one school to another, or holds graduates back from employment because they are unable to access their diplomas.

It is time for our state campus administrations to reckon with the harsh conditions they create for our transferring and graduating students. By signing this, we are urging our college administration to publicly support LD 1838 and make its implementation possible. Sign our petition today, and we will deliver your messages to campus administration in the coming weeks.
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To: Administration at Maine Public/Private Colleges and Universities
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Introduced by Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli, the Education and Cultural Affairs committee advanced LD 1838 — a bill that would prevent public and private colleges in Maine from withholding the transcripts of students with modest debts owed. Transcript withholding currently stops many students from transferring credits from one school to another, or holds graduates back from employment because they cannot access their diplomas. Enacting this bill would strengthen Mainers’ connection to higher education and alleviate barriers on the path to the workforce.

As the bill faces votes from the House and Senate, we want to make it clear to state legislators: the suffocating force of transcript withholding stifles the growth of aspiring students and muddies the short and long-term plans of those seeking to enter the workforce. It is necessary for our campus administrations to show support for LD 1838 and make it possible for transfer students and graduates to move into the next stages of our lives.

We must urge our lawmakers to stand with the bright minds who represent the future of our state. We are urging you, our college administration, to publicly support LD 1838 and make its implementation possible.