“The decision drew condemnation from campus activists who have been working to minimize police presence on campus.”
Maybe the administration realizes they may have a reason to call the police at some point in the future.
The College Fix reports:
Stanford refuses activists’ demand to sever ties with local police
Stanford University recently rejected calls to sever ties with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and instead extended its agreement with the law enforcement agency.
The decision drew condemnation from campus activists who have been working to minimize police presence on campus.
“It is with great disappointment and frustration that we learned of the University’s decision to extend its contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff and that we see demands from campus organizations on changes to policing ignored,” the Committee for Change wrote in an open letter published in the student paper The Stanford Daily.
Farnaz Khadem, the university’s media relations director, did not respond to multiple emailed requests for comment from The College Fix on the decision-making process the private university used to renew the agreement and the nature of the relationship with the sheriff department.
The current policing plans make minority students feel unsafe, the activist group said. The Committee for Change represents students, faculty and staff at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Recent demonstrations, statements, letters, and campaigns from the campus community are direct indicators of the deep flaws in Stanford’s approach to policing and public safety. By maintaining the current manner of policing on campus, Stanford dissuades outstanding BIPOC students and faculty from applying to its programs or positions in its failure to cultivate a safe and welcoming environment.
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