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Statement in Solidarity with Iranian Faculty and Students against State Repression

As faculty members at Columbia University and Barnard College, we strongly condemn the Iranian government’s harsh repression of protests across the country, including the growing number of arrests within Iran’s universities. Demonstrations against the government’s imposition of mandatory hijab on women have been ongoing and widespread since Mahsa (Zhina) Amini’s death in police custody on September 16th, the latest act of violent enforcement of its law on women’s bodies. Government security forces have met protests and demonstrations with mass arrests, as well as the excessive and even fatal use of force. We are particularly alarmed by the violent assault by security forces on Sharif University of Technology, which began on October 2nd and involved firing tear gas and live ammunition at unarmed students, along with mass detentions designed to incite fear and to break the spirit of resistance. We condemn these actions, and signal our support of our academic colleagues who are on strike in Iran, university students bravely protesting for the democratic society in which they want to live, and Iranians more generally as they resist brutal oppression and strive towards self-determination, at considerable risk to their lives.

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The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

Founded in 1915, the AAUP has helped to shape American higher education by developing the standards and procedures that maintain quality in education and academic freedom in this country's colleges and universities.

We are the Columbia University Chapter of the AAUP, re-established on December 13th, 2021. Now more than ever we need an effective forum for faculty to organize and advocate for ourselves, for our more vulnerable colleagues, for our students, and for educators nationwide.

When possible our Chapter works with the University Senate, the Arts and Sciences Planning and Policy Committee, and other existing bodies to further faculty governance, but it provides an independent voice and a common space for faculty from all across the University.


Columbia University has hosted an AAUP Chapter in the past, as evidenced by this announcement, from the March 11, 1935 Spectator.

The speakers that evening were Robert Haig and Carl Shoup, both economists, and Roswell Magill and Edwin Patterson, law professors with specialties in tax law; Magill also served as Under Secretary of the Treasury. Wonder if they were discussing the parlous state of university finances?

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