Statement on ASA boycott of Israeli academic institutions

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Virginia Commonwealth University and I are fundamentally committed to the protection of academic freedom and although VCU is not an institutional member of the American Studies Association, the boycott is inconsistent with the university’s stated policy on academic freedom.

Individual members of the university community may hold diverse perspectives on the boycott, and as an institution, we support their right to do so with the full recognition that they do not speak for the university.

These issues generate important exchanges within higher education. I will keep you updated on such conversations at VCU as they emerge.