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Students Upset After Stanford Sends Email Advising International Students Not to Participate in Violent Protests

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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A “violent” protest is criminal. Every school should advise all their students to avoid criminal activity. This is especially true for foreign students, who can get themselves deported by Homeland Security if they protest for conservative causes.

    CellarDoor in reply to OldProf2. | October 24, 2022 at 9:16 am

    The one wow man who understood is Russian. They know what happens when you protest. Foreigners don’t have the same rights here in the US and this total lack of respect for the native culture and laws from these spiteful mutants tells you what type of people we are letting into the country. Ungrateful and hateful ones.

    CaptTee in reply to OldProf2. | October 24, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I love your subtle sarcasm!

    WindyHill in reply to OldProf2. | October 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I agree, and actually, it seems responsible of them to have sent out that email. For the other students, the penalty for arrest at a protest would likely be one of minor inconvenience – but for foreign students, the penalties would be more severe – and possibly include deportation. Seems like a timely reminder to me!

    livefreeorpie1791 in reply to OldProf2. | October 25, 2022 at 8:10 am

    They should come protest violently in my neighborhood. I would welcome them loudly and repeatedly with lead

Gee. I’m old enough to remember when colleges advised ALL their students against participating in violent activities, including the domestic students. But I guess that makes too much sense now.

George_Kaplan | October 23, 2022 at 9:03 pm

Is anyone else blown away by the student upset by the university saying they won’t protect students who do something against the government?

Educational institutes aren’t there to protect students. They definitely do not exist to protect students from the consequences of their actions. And if you act against the government, expect consequences. Under the Biden regime even peaceful generally law abiding citizens are being given the stormtrooper treatment. Why should students be uniquely privileged?

I’d really rather they not protest at all while they’re visiting our country. If they don’t like our country, they can go back to their home country or go visit another one.

Now with that comment they’ll be really mad … good! I hope in their rage they stay out of my country!

Any college openly supporting violence should be shut down and defunded immediately

All students should be advised to avoid violent protests.

Such involvement should result in an automatic suspension, since the students would need time off to work with their lawyers on their legal defense.

Of course, any scholarships would be in jeopardy.