Penn State issues statement on academic boycotts

January 08, 2014

Academic freedom is a cornerstone of higher education, whereby faculty and students seek and exchange knowledge and understanding through scholarly activities, research, teaching and service without undue restraint or coercion. Academic boycotts can weaken academic freedom by restricting the ability of faculty and universities to work and interact with their colleagues, whether in this country or around the world. For this reason, we -- as leaders of Penn State -- support the recent stands taken by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) opposing such academic boycotts. We concur with the statements issued by AAU at: and by APLU at:



Rodney A. Erickson, President
Nicholas P. Jones, Executive Vice President and Provost
Brent Yarnal, Chair, University Faculty Senate
The Pennsylvania State University

Last Updated January 08, 2014