Proposal 10-17

The University Senate of Michigan Technological University

Proposal 10-17
(Voting Units:  Full Senate)

Resolution in Support of our International Colleagues and Students 

 

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Background

The University Senate of Michigan Technological University acknowledges that it is a non-political body. However, when external political events have an impact on its constituents and on the academic life at Michigan Technological University, the Senate has the obligation to address the issues at hand. 

Rationale

The Senate agrees that President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States“ causes severe distress among the international employees and students of Michigan Technological University, and has a serious negative impact on the academic life at the university. Examples of these are, but are not limited to, international faculty being unable or scared to travel to international conferences or conduct their international research, international students being unable or scared to participate in studies abroad, faculty and students being unable or scared to plan visits to family members abroad, distressed students in the classroom, reduced scholarly output of the people impacted, etc. This in turn will have serious adverse effects on Michigan Technological University’s academic productivity.  

Resolution

The Senate recognizes that the international character of this workplace is an important strength of Michigan Technological University. Michigan Technological University is proud to be an inclusive workplace welcoming employees and students from all backgrounds. 

The Senate expresses strong support to all employees and students affected by the above mentioned executive order. The Senate recognizes that the group of employees and students affected by the executive order ranges beyond those originating from the seven countries directly targeted by the executive order, and in fact has an impact on everyone in our university community, because when one group is targeted we are all made vulnerable. The Senate will work to guarantee that adverse affects stemming from this order, such as reduced international mobility, are not used against anyone impacted (for example in decisions on tenure and/or promotion). 

The Senate supports President Mroz’s statement: “I can't relieve the distress that many of you might be feeling as a result of this and other events of the recent past.  But what I can say is that with your help, we can, and we will, as the Michigan Tech Community, advocate for respect, understanding and compassion in the way we treat each other regardless of our differences. We can and we will defend the Constitutional rights of all in the Michigan Tech community.  And we can and we will treasure and protect the free and open exchange that is essential to scholarship, research and creativity. By remaining committed to these core values we can all help to ensure that Michigan Tech remains a community that is open to people from across our nation and around the world.” 

The Senate urges the University Administration to lobby lawmakers, perhaps jointly with other universities, to overturn this executive order. 

In addition, the Senate urges the University Administration to put forth a direct, strong statement that advocates for our international students, faculty and community members.

 

Introduced to Senate:  1 February 2017
Approved by Senate:  1 February 2017