Email System at U. North Dakota Used to Urge Students to Lobby Against Tax Reform
“Congress needs to hear from students and graduates that we oppose this legislation”
As a public university, the school’s email system isn’t supposed to be used for such things.
Campus Reform reports:
Official school email usurped by Dean to lobby against tax reform
The University of North Dakota’s School of Graduate Studies recently sent out an email encouraging students to lobby their elected officials to oppose the Republican tax reform plan.
While the email began by detailing several of the negative effects the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on graduate studies, such as the repeal of tax codes that allow for exemptions for tuition waivers, it concluded by actively encouraging students to contact their elected officials and urge them to vote against the legislation.
“Congress needs to hear from students and graduates that we oppose this legislation and these cuts to the education programs,” the email suggests. “If you feel inclined to do so, we would encourage you to contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives about this Act in terms of its potential effects on you and your families.”
The email, addressed to “all graduate students,” provides a form letter for students to send to their legislators to simplify the process, but recommends adding a personal touch to increase its effectiveness.
“While you may certainly feel free to simply adopt this form letter, we would suggest that you personalize the message as much as possible, since personal messages are often given greater weight than a form letter,” the email notes.
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