ACUP and its universities join the Scholars at Risk network
ACUP and its universities –as network partner- have joined Scholars at Risk (SAR), a network of over 400 higher education institutions in 39 countries working to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education and promote academic freedom.
By joining SAR, we stand in solidarity with educators, researchers and students around the world who are threatened for peacefully expressing ideas and asking questions. Academic freedom is fundamental to ACUP’s mission of providing quality higher education. As a SAR member, we demonstrate our commitment and responsibility to preserving and promoting the freedom to think, locally and globally.
According to Free to Think, a recent report published by SAR, scholars and students at universities around the world face regular threats as a result of their academic work and free expression of ideas. These threats to higher education communities range from restrictions on travel and unjustified firings to imprisonment and violence. “Attacks on higher education shrink the space where people can freely think and ask questions about complex and contentious issues,” said SAR’s Executive Director, Robert Quinn. “Our Network members are central to protecting scholars targeted by these attacks and building a stronger, safer university space.”
SAR member institutions assist persecuted scholars and students by offering temporary research and teaching positions, monitoring and advocating against attacks on higher education, and conducting learning initiatives to promote academic freedom. In addition, faculty, staff and students at member institutions have the opportunity to engage in SAR activities, including:
- Inviting SAR scholars to share their stories on campus through the SAR Speaker Series
- Advocating on behalf of imprisoned scholars through Student Advocacy Seminars and SAR’s Action Campaigns
- Researching attacks on higher education through the Academic Freedom Monitoring Project
- Engaging in a growing conversation around university values by attending SAR workshops and joining working groups
Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn more about Scholars at Risk and how to get involved by contacting ACUP and signing up for SAR updates.
*Our adherence to the SAR Network is part of the 2017 Working Plan and the International Projection Plan of Catalan Universities for the period 2017-2020, where one of the main axes of work is improving the services we offer to refugees and groups with special needs.
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