Council Resolution in the Wake of the Elections

By Michael Ferguson

At its November meeting, the AAUP’s national Council approved a resolution on the campus climate in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. Noting that “the free exchange of ideas is incompatible with an atmosphere of fear,” the resolution condemned the wave of hate crimes that followed the election. The Council called on college and university administrators to take action against those who have threatened the safety of campus community members and asked AAUP members to speak out against assaults and support efforts to ensure that campuses are inclusive.

The Council resolution also expressed support for the “sanctuary campus” movement, which seeks to protect undocumented students by limiting cooperation with federal deportation efforts. The resolution specifically called on administrators to “guarantee the privacy of immigrant students,” on campus police not to “participate in any efforts to enforce immigration laws,” and on faculty members to “join efforts to resist all attempts to intimidate or inappropriately investigate undocumented students or to deny them their full rights to due process.”

Visit https://www.aaup.org /atmosphere-campus-wake-elections to read the resolution.

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