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Earlham affirms support for campus community’s right to civil protest

March 01, 2018

The following is a statement from Earlham President Alan Price and Vice President of Enrollment Management Priscilla Alicea.

Earlham College is supportive of its students, faculty and staff and their rights to engage in civil protest in the spirit of creating a more peaceful and just world.

In the wake of organized action by students and educators across the United States calling for an end to gun violence in our nation’s schools, we feel it is especially important to reaffirm to our campus community about our commitment to upholding their First Amendment rights.

In a letter sent out this week to applicants, admitted students and those who have already confirmed their enrollment to the College, we assured them that Admissions decisions will not be affected by any disciplinary action that they may have incurred as a result of engaging in any form of peaceful protest about any issue.

As a Quaker institution, we take seriously our commitment to our Principles and Practices related to Peace and Justice, Respect for Persons and Community. We encourage our community to work actively towards the peaceful transformation of conflict, and the removal of causes of violence and injustice taking place in the world around them. 

Further, we aspire to support a community of caring that supports the intellectual, physical and emotional wellbeing of each member of our community.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

 

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