The Barnard College faculty voted unanimously on Monday, March 6 to pass a resolution condemning President Trump's Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The resolution states that the executive order goes against the mission of higher education and the humanitarian traditions of the United States, and urges Barnard's president to help affected faculty, students, and staff and to join the efforts of other institutions of higher education to legally challenge the executive order.
The full text of the resolution is below.
Resolution on the Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
Whereas the President of the United States on Monday, March 6, 2017, issued an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” revoking and replacing the Executive Order 13769 issued on Friday, January 27, 2017; and
Whereas this Executive Order is discriminatory, in that it unfairly targets a large group of individuals on the basis of their countries of origin; and
Whereas this Executive Order significantly damages the United States’ position in higher education and research; and
Whereas this Executive Order imposes undue burden on members of the United States academic community, our colleagues, students, and friends; and
Whereas this Executive Order damages our ability to freely collaborate with international colleagues and students directly and indirectly affected by this order; and
Whereas this Executive Order, similar to the one it revokes and replaces, violates the Constitution of the United States, as well as international human rights norms and fundamental principles of humanity and morality;
The Faculty of Barnard College resolves
1) To condemn this Executive Order and possible future orders that are similarly discriminatory as contrary to morality, law, and the finest humanitarian traditions of the United States;
2) To strongly urge the President of the College to offer legal and non-legal assistance to all affected faculty, students, and staff and to join the efforts of other institutions of higher education to legally challenge this Executive Order and comparable future orders; and
3) To strongly urge the Chairs of the Faculty Governance and Procedures Committee and the Provost and Dean of the Faculty to transmit copies of this resolution to both Senators from New York and to all members of the New York congressional delegation, asking them to act swiftly to reverse this Executive Order through legislative action and to oppose similarly discriminatory executive orders in the future.
4) The Faculty further urges them to disseminate this resolution to the media.