Target: President of the Art Institute, Charles Restivo
Goal: Continue to allow culinary students to take home food they made in class
Recently the Art Institute of Texas was sued by a student who allegedly became ill from eating food he made, then brought home from culinary class. In retribution, the Art Institute has announced that it will no longer allow culinary students to bring home food that they made in classes. Not only is this an unnecessary and nonsensical reaction, it will encourage excessive food waste and lower morale of current and future students of the institutes.
The ability to share your delicious creations with friends and family was a huge perk of attending the culinary program at the Art Institute. Students brought the joy of cooking and baking from scratch to many people outside of the school, which inspired and brought together all who had the privelege of partaking. While the lawsuit brought upon the institute is unfortunate, punishing well-meaning students is not the correct response. Now cooked and baked goods made in classes at the institute must be consumed there, or thrown in the garbage.
There are many options for the Art Institute to consider, instead of not allowing food to leave the school. One easy, all-encompassing alternative is to require that a waiver be signed by every student, either upon enrollment of before taking food home. The waiver would state that if food that was created at the institute was taken home, eaten, then induced illness, the school is not liable. This would ensure that the school is released from possible lawsuits.
Urge the Art Institute to find effective alternatives to wasting food. Punishing students by not allowing them to share their creations is wrong; the majority of students had nothing to do with the lawsuit, therefore retaliation is uncalled for. Sign this petition to stand up for the culinary students of the Art Institute and their right to take their food creations home.
Dear Charles Restivo,
The Art Institute of Texas was recently sued by a student who became ill after consuming food at home that was made in a class at the institute. While his illness and the school’s position in the lawsuit is unfortunate, the decision to stop allowing all students to take food home is an unnecessary retaliation.
Successfully making cooked or baked food from scratch is a rewarding experience; the practice of making and sharing food brings people together. Your students sincerely enjoy sharing their creations with friends and family and the recipients are more than delighted to partake. If the Art Institute takes away this communal feeling of sharing food together, it will reduce the morale of students and faculty. Food will be disposed of if it is not fully consumed in the classroom. This is far too wasteful.
I propose that you devise alternatives to throwing the food away; have all culinary students sign a waiver that releases the Art Institute from liability if they were to fall ill from eating food made in class. The waiver could be signed before the student leaves the building with food, or upon enrollment. This ensures that the Art Institute is not at fault for any illnesses caused by food.
Please consider this alternative, or brainstorm other alternatives with your colleagues. Throwing away the food is wasteful, and not allowing students to bring their creations home is not a fair rule. Allow students to take their own food home; the students, and those outside of school enjoying the creations, will be most grateful.
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