Students Upset After Stanford Sends Email Advising International Students Not to Participate in Violent Protests
“What this email said was that basically ‘we’re not on your side”
The email was warning these students for their own good, but that doesn’t seem to matter.
The College Fix reports:
Students upset at Stanford U. email advising against participation in violent protests
In response to a Stanford University Bechtel International Center email warning international students to avoid any protest that is not “peaceful and respectful,” some said they felt “intimidated,” “disgusted” and “very emotional.”
Again, the email warned about taking part in violent protests.
According to The Stanford Daily, the email came a day after a (non-violent) campus protest against sexual violence of which an international student was an organizer.
The email said “immigration regulations do not prohibit” international students from engaging in peaceful protests, but “recommended” such students “leave the area at the first sign of disruption or violence in any form.”
This is because criminal charges can affect a student’s immigration status.
One student said she felt “slightly intimidated” by the email, saying international students should feel free to criticize the university. She added even though Stanford has little influence on immigration regulations, it should provide students “more advocacy.”
Another student said the email was like a “punch in the face” and made him “disgusted” and “very emotional.”
“I don’t care that they offended me with whatever they wrote,” the student said. “I care a lot more about what their policies are when it comes to this. What this email said was that basically ‘we’re not on your side, and we’re not going to protect you if you do something against the government.’”
The Daily did manage to find one international student not miffed by the Bechtel email, freshman Anna Siamionava. She appears to actually have read it, for the message stated “only when people become disrespectful or violent is there a risk of being arrested or charged with a legal offence.”
Siamionava said it was “just a recommendation to be careful during protests.”
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