College Presidents Decry Intimidation on Campuses

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“In the current period of world wide political turmoil that threatens to damage one of our country’s greatest treasures-colleges and universities- we commit ourselves to academic integrity in two ways. We will maintain academic standards in the classroom and we will sustain an intimidation-free campus. These two concepts are at the core of our profession.

Our classrooms will be open to all students, and classroom discussions must be based on sound ideas. Our campus debates will be conducted without threats, taunts, or intimidation. We will take appropriate steps to insure these gmail signin standards. In doing so, we uphold the best of American democratic principles.

We are concerned that recent examples of classroom and on-campus debate have crossed the line into intimidation and hatred, neither of which have any place on university campuses.

In the past few months, students who are Jewish or supporters of Israel’s right to exist-Zionists-have received death threats and threats of violence. Gmail Property connected to Jewish organizations has been defaced or destroyed. Posters and websites displaying libelous information or images have been widely circulated, creating an atmosphere of intimidation.

These practices and others, directed against any person, group or cause, will not be tolerated on campuses. All instances will be investigated and acted upon so that the campus will remain devoted to ideas based on rational consideration.

We call on the American public and all members of the academic community to join us.”

Adelphi University
Robert A. Scott

Agnes Scott College
Mary Brown Bullock

AlabamaA&M University
John T. Gibson

AlbertusMagnus College
Julia M. McNamara

Alfred University
Charles M. Edmondson

Alvernia College
Laurence W. Mazzeno

Amherst College
Thomas Gerety

Antillean Adventist University
Myrna Costa

Appalachian State University
Francis T. Borkowski

Atlantic Cape Community College
John T. May

Auburn University
William F. Walker

Audrey Cohen College
Stephen R. Greenwald

Baldwin- Wallace College
Mark H. Collier

Bard College

Barnard College
Judith Shapiro

Barry College
Scott Colley

Barry University
Jeanne O’Laughlin

Baruch College
Ned Regan

Bates College
Elaine T. Hansen

Baylor University
Robert B. Sloan, Jr.

Benedictine University
William J. Carroll

Bennett College
Johnnetta B. Cole

Bennington College
Elizabeth Coleman

Boston University
John Silber

Bowdoin College
Barry Mills

Bradley University
David C. Broski

Brandeis University
Jehuda Reinharz

Brenau University
John S. Burd

Brookdale Community College
Peter F. Burnham

Brown University
Ruth J. Simmons

Bunker Hill Community College
Mary L. Fifield

California Polytechnic State University
Warren J. Baker

C S U- Bakersfield
Tomas A. Arciniega

C S U- Chico
Manuel A. Esteban

C S U- Fresno
John D. Welty

C S U- Northridge
Jolene Koester

C S U- Sacramento
Donald R. Gerth

C S U- San Marcos
Alexander Gonzalez

Capella University
Michael J. Offerman

Carleton College
Robert A. Oden, Jr.

Carroll Community College
Faye Pappalardo

Centenary College of Louisiana
Kenneth L. Schwab

Central Connecticut State University
Richard L. Judd

Central Michigan University
Michael Rao

Central Missouri State University
Bobby R. Patton

Centre College
John A. Roush

City College of New York
Gregory H. Williams

Clark University
John Bassett

Clemson University
James F. Barker

Cleveland State University
Michael Schwartz

Colby College
William D. Adams

Colgate University
Rebecca S. Chopp

College for Lifelong Learning
Thomas M. Rocco

College of the Holy Cross (MA)
Michael C. McFarland

College of the Mainland
Homer M. Hayes

College of New Jersey
R. Barbara Gitenstein

College of Saint Benedict
Mary E. Lyons

College of Wooster
R. Stanton Hales

Colorado College
Richard F. Celeste

Colorado Mountain College
Cynthia M. Heelan

Columbia College- Chicago
Warrick L. Carter

Columbia University, Teachers College
Arthur Levine

Concordia University
George C. Heider

Converse College
Nancy Gray

Creighton University
John Schlegel

Culinary Institute of America
Tim Ryan

Cumberland County College
Kenneth L. Ender

Curtis Institute of Music
Gary Graffman

Dean College
Paula M. Rooney

Delaware State University
William B. DeLauder

Delaware Valley College
Thomas C. Leamer

DePauw University
Robert G. Bottoms

Dickinson College
William G. Durden

Dillard University- New Orleans
Michael L. Lomax

DiviNeword College
Michael W. Hutchins

Drake University
David Maxwell

Eastern Maine Technical College
Joyce B. Hedlund

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Frank G. Pogue

El Centro College
Wright L. Lassiter, Jr.

Fisk University
Carolynn Reid- Wallace

Fort Valley State University
Kofi Lomotey

Franklin College
James G. Moseley

Franklin & Marshall College
John A. Fry

Franklin Pierce College
George J. Hagerty

Gainsville College
Martha T. Nesbitt

Gateway Community College
Eugene V. Giovannini

George Washington University
Stephen J. Trachtenberg

Georgia Institute of Technology
G. Wayne Clough

Glenville State College
Thomas H. Powell

Global University
Ronald A. Iwasko

Goshen College
Shirley H. Showalter

Goucher College
Sanford J. Ungar

Grand View College
KentL. Henning

Great Basin College
Paul T. Killpatrick

Grinnell College
Russell K. Osgood

Hamilton College
Eugene M.Tobin

Harcum College
Charles H.Trout

Haskell Indian Nations University
Karen Gayton Swisher

Hollins University
Nora Kizer Bell

Holyoke Community College
David M. Bartley

Howard University
H. Patrick Swygert

Humboldt State University
Rollin C. Richmond

Huntingdon College
Wanda D. Bigham

Idaho State University
Richard L. Bowen

Indiana University
Myles Brand

Indiana University- Bloomington
Sharon Stephens Brehm

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Lawrence K. Pettit

Iowa Wesleyan College
William N. Johnston

Jackson State University
Ronald Mason, Jr.

Jacksonville State University
William A. Meehan

The Juilliard School
Joseph W. Polisi

Kalamazoo College
James F. Jones, Jr.

Kennesaw State University
Betty L. Siegel

Kenyon College
Ronald A. Sharp

Keuka College
Joseph G. Burke

Kingsborough Community College
Byron N. Mc Clenney

Lagrange College
F. Stuart Gulley

Lees-McRae College
Earl J. Robinson

Lehigh University
Gregory C. Farrington

Lesley University
Margaret A. Mc Kenna

Lewis & Clark College
Michael Mooney

Lexington Community College
Jim Kerley

Life University
Michael J. Schmidt

Long Island University
David Steinberg

Longwood University
Patricia P. Cormier

Lourdes College
George C. Matthews

Loyola University- Chicago
Michael J. Garanzini

Loyola University- New Orleans
Bernard P. Knoth

Lyndon State College
Carol A. Moore

Manchester College (IN)
Parker G. Marden

Marist College
Dennis J. Murray

Maryville University of St. Louis
Keith Lovin

Mc Kendree College
James M. Dennis

Medgar Evers College, C UNY
Edison O. Jackson

Mercyhurst College
William P. Garvey

Meredith College
Maureen A. Hartford

Miami University
James C. Garland

Miami-Dade Community College
Eduardo J. Padron

MichiganTechnological University
Curtis J.Tompkins

Midway College
William B. Drake, Jr.

Millikin University
Thomas F. Flynn

Mills College
Janet L. Holmgren

Millsaps College
Frances Lucas-Tauchar

Mitchell College
Mary Ellen Jukoski

Morgan State University
Earl S. Richardson

Morningside College
John C. Reynders

Morris College
Luns C. Richardson

Morton College
W. Patrick Leonard

Mount Holyoke College
Joanne V. Creighton

Mount Mary College (WI)
Patricia D. O’Donoghue

Mount Olive College
J. William Byrd

Nazareth College
Robert A. Miller

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Jeanie Watson

New College of Florida
Gordon E. Michalson, Jr.

New England Conservatory
Daniel Steiner

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Robert A. Altenkirch

New York Chiropractic College
Frank J. Nicchi

New York University
John Sexton

North Carolina A&T State University
James C. Renick

North Country Community College
Gail Rogers Rice

North Dakota State College of Science
Sharon Y. Hart

Northampton Community College
Robert J. Kopecek

Northeast Texas Community College
Charles B. Florio

Northwestern Connecticut Community College
R. Eileen Baccus

Northwestern University
Henry S. Bienen

Notre Dame de Namur University
John B. Oblak

Oakland University
Gary D. Russi

Oberlin College
Nancy S. Dye

Occidental College
Theodore R. Mitchell

Ohio University
Robert Glidden

Ohio Dominican University
Jack P. Calareso

Onondaga Community College
Debbie L. Sydow

Our Lady of the Lake College
Michael Smith, David A. Caputo

Palm Beach Community College
Dennis P. Gallon

Park University
Beverley Byers-Pevitts

Pennsylvania State University
Graham Spanier

Pepperdine University
Andrew K. Benton

Peru State College
Benjamin E. Johnson

PiedmontVirginia Community College
Frank Friedman

Plymouth State College
Donald P. Wharton

Portland State University
Daniel O. Bernstine

Pratt Institute
Thomas F. Schutte

Presbyterian College
John V. Griffith

Purdue University
Martin C. Jischke

Regis College
Mary Jane England

Rhodes College
William E.Troutt

Robert Morris College
Michael P. Viollt

Rochester Institute of Technology
Albert J. Simone

Rockhurst University
Rev. Edward Kinerk

Rollins College
Rita Bornstein

Roosevelt University
Charles R. Middleton

Saint Francis University
Christian R. Oravec

Saint Joseph College
Winifred E. Coleman

St. Louis Community College at Meramec
E. Lynn Suydam

Saint Mary College (KA)
Diane Steele

Saint Mary’s College,Notre Dame, (IN)
Marilou Eldred

St.Mary’s College of Maryland
Jane Margaret O’Brien

Saint Mary’s University (TX)
Charles L. Cotrell

Saint Michael’s College
Marc A. vander Heyden

Saint Paul’s College
John K. Waddell

Salve Regina University
M. Therese Antone

Samford University
Thomas E. Corts

San Diego State University
Stephen L. Weber

San Francisco State University
Robert A. Corrigan

Sandhills Community College
John R. Dempsey

School for International Training
James A. Cramer

Scottsdale Community College
Arthur W. De Cabooter

Seattle University
Stephen V. Sundborg

Seton Hall University
Robert Sheeran

Seton Hill University
JoAnne W. Boyle

Sherman College
Jerry L. Hardee

Shippensburg University
Anthony F. Ceddia

Simmons College
Daniel S. Cheever, Jr.

Simpson College (IA)
R. Kevin La Gree

South Dakota State University
Peggy Gordon Miller

SouthFlorida Community College
Catherine P. Cornelius

SIU – Carbondale
Walter V. Wendler

SIU- Edwardsville
David J. Werner

Southern Methodist University
R. Gerald Turner

Southern Oregon University
Elisabeth A. Zinser

Southern Polytechnic State University
Lisa A. Rossbacher

Southwest Missouri State University
John H. Keiser

Southwestern University
Jake B. Schrum

Spelman College
Beverly Daniel Tatum

Spring Arbor University
Gayle D. Beebe

S UNY – Albany
Karen R. Hitchcock

S UNY – Farmingdale
Jonathan Gibralter

S UNY – Plattsburgh
Horace A. Judson

S UNY – Stony Brook
Shirley Strum Kenny

S UNY, State College of Optometry
Alden N. Haffner

State University of West Georgia
Beheruz N. Sethna

Stetson University
H. Douglas Lee

Stonehill College
Rev. Mark T. Cregan

Suffolk University
David J. Sargent

Sweet Briar College
Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld

Tacoma Community College
Pamela J.Transue

Texas Tech University
David J. Schmidly

Tri- County Technical College
Don C. Garrison

Trinity College
Richard H. Hersh

Trinity University
John R. Brazil

Tulane University
Scott Cowen

Turtle Mountain Community College
Gerald Monette

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
James A. Zimble

Union College
Roger H. Hull

Union College (KY)
David C. Joyce

Unity College
David C. Glenn-Lewin

University of Alabama
J. Barry Mason

University of Alabama- Birmingham
Malcolm Portera

University of California- Berkeley
Robert M. Berdahl

University of Cincinnati
Joseph A. Steger

University of Delaware
David Roselle

University of Hartford
Walter Harrison

University of Hawaii
Evan S. Dobelle

University of Houston
Arthur K. Smith

University of Kentucky
Lee T.Todd, Jr.

University of Maine at Farmington
Theodora J. Kalikow

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

University of Massachusetts- Boston
JoAnn Gora

University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth
Jean F. Mac Cormack

University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC)
Martha W. Gilliland

University of Montana
George M. Dennison

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Harold M. Maurer

University of Nevada- Las Vegas
Carol C. Harter

University of New England
Sandra Featherman

University of New Haven
Lawrence J. DeNardis
University of North Alabama
Robert L. Potts

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
James Moeser

University of North Carolina- Wilmington
James R. Leutze

University of North Florida
A. David Kline

University of Oklahoma
David L. Boren

University of Puget Sound
Susan Resneck Pierce

University of St. Thomas
Dennis Dease

University of St.Thomas (TX)
J. Michael Miller

University of San Diego
Alice B. Hayes

University of Scranton
Joseph M. Mc Shane

University of South Carolina- Spartanburg
John C. Stockwell

University of South Florida
Judy Genshaft

University of Southern Colorado
Ronald Applbaum

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Bill W. Stacy

University of Texas at Tyler
Rodney H. Mabry

University of Texas System
Mark G. Yudof

University of Virginia
John T. Casteen, III

University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Steven Kaplan

University of West Florida
John C. Cavanaugh

University of West Los Angeles
Robert W. Brown

University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
Bruce Shepard

University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh
Richard H. Wells

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Thomas F. George

Vanderbilt University
E. Gordon Gee

Virginia Union University
Bernard W. Franklin

Virginia Wesleyan College
William T. Greer, Jr.

Wake Forest University
Thomas K. Hearn, Jr.

Warren Wilson College
Douglas M. Orr, Jr.

Washington University- St. Louis
Mark S. Wrighton

Webster University
Richard S. Meyers

Wellesley College
Diana Chapman Walsh

Western Kentucky University
Gary A. Ransdell

Western Nevada Community College
Carol A. Lucey

Western New England College
Anthony Caprio

Westmont College
Stan D. Gaede

Wheaton College (MA)
Dale Rogers Marshall

Wheelock College
Marjorie Bakken

Whitman College
Thomas E. Cronin

Whittier College
Katherine Haley Will

Wilberforce University
Rev. Floyd H. Flake

William Paterson University
Arnold Speert

Willamette University
M. Lee Pelton

Worcester State College
Janelle C. Ashley

We applaud the growing list of presidents of America’s colleges and universities who have committed themselves to maintaining an intimidation-free campus and commend the leadership of James O. Freedman, President Emeritus, Dartmouth College; Rev.Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame; Jehuda Reinharz, President, Brandeis University; Frank H. T. Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University; H. Patrick Swygert, President, Howard University; and Stephen J.Trachtenberg, President, George Washington University, who initiated and circulated this statement.

College Presidents Decry Intimidation on Campuses

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