Saturday, January 4, 2014

NEIU's president against the boycott

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TO: University Community

FROM: Sharon Hahs, President

DATE: January 3, 2014

RE: Opposition to Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

Northeastern Illinois University upholds the principle and practice of academic freedom, and, therefore, opposes boycotts of academic institutions or scholars in any region of the world. We strongly endorse the Association of American Universities’ (AAU) statement opposing a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The AAU statement, issued on December 20, 2013, and signed by the organization’s executive committee, says that:

“Any such boycott of academic institutions directly violates academic freedom, which is a fundamental principle of AAU universities and of American higher education in general. Academic freedom is the freedom of university faculty responsibly to produce and disseminate knowledge through research, teaching, and service, without undue constraint. It is a principle that should not be abridged by political considerations. American colleges and universities, as well as like institutions elsewhere, must stand as the first line of defense against attacks on academic freedom.”

We join higher education institutions nationally in support of this statement.

1 comment:

  1. President Hahs has lost credibility in advocating academic freedom, as she is willing to abuse the power of her office to seize, no STEAL land from NEIU's neighbors in order to build dormitories that 1. Do not have to be built on that location 2. Will be unfordable to most students 3. Tarnishes NEIU's reputation.

    Perhaps Sharon Hahs is showing solidarity Israel's land grab of Palestinian land. If you want something, you are FREE to steal it. That is her message. Academic freedom trumps hones, businesses, families and the dreams of people.

    Academic Freedom? HAHs!