Resolution 124:  Concerning Cornell’s Response to Post-Election Events

Passed: December 14, 2016
Sponsor: Professor Cynthia Bowman, Law; Associate Professor Elizabeth Anker, English; Professor Matthew Evangelista, Government & Professor Risa Lieberwitz, ILR
Senate Discussions:

The Resolution

WHEREAS, following the United States presidential election on November 8, 2016, there has been an increase in the frequency of recorded events of bias crimes and discriminatory acts targeting people of color, LGBT people, immigrants, Muslims, and other historically marginalized people on and off college campuses across the U.S.;

WHEREAS, multiple departments and programs at Cornell have adopted statements responding to these post-election developments;

WHEREAS, more than 2260 Cornell faculty, students, staff, and alumni have signed a November 18, 2016 petition entitled “Make Cornell a Sanctuary Campus,” directed to Interim President Rawlings and Incoming President Pollack;

WHEREAS, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) has adopted a resolution endorsing the November 18, 2016 petition;

WHEREAS, such petitions are also circulating at over 100 other colleges and universities across the country;

WHEREAS, 346 college and university presidents across the U.S. have signed a Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Our Undocumented Immigrant Students as of November 29, 2016;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate denounces hate speech, violence, and other forms of exclusion directed at individuals based on their race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sex, and sexual orientation;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate affirms our hope, which President Rawlings also expressed in his letter of November 22, that Cornell will remain a place where all may study together in safety and a spirit of cooperation;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate endorses the November 18, 2016 petition, “Make Cornell a Sanctuary Campus,” and joins with other faculty in calling on Cornell to join the nation-wide movement to proclaim sanctuary status for this campus.

Co-sponsoring senators:

Professors Cynthia G. Bowman and Sherry Colb, Law School

Associate Professor Elizabeth Anker, Department of English (at-large senator)

Professor Matthew A. Evangelista, Department of Government

Professor Risa L. Lieberwitz, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Background


FY  2016-2017
Senate University Faculty Senate
Status Adopted 12/14/16
Abstract Sanctuary Campus Resolution
Resolution File view
Title Resolution Concerning Cornell’s Response to Post-Election Events
Sponsors Professor Cynthia Bowman, Law; Associate Professor Elizabeth Anker, English; Professor Matthew Evangelista, Government & Professor Risa Lieberwitz, ILR
Reviewing Committee UFC

Resolution History 

Date Action View Details
 12/14/16 Adopted by University Faculty Senate
Background materials: The Cornell Sanctuary Letter and Petition
DACA Support Statement by College Presidents
Recent NYT Articles
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