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UNTF Statement on George Will as honorary degree recipient and commencement speaker
On December 9, the following statement was approved by the UNTF Executive Board. Copies were sent to MSU President Lou Anna Simon and the current MSU Trustees.
“The Union of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Michigan State University (AFT-MI Local 1855,AFL-CIO) objects to the University’s decision to invite George Will to speak at the December commencement and to grant him an honorary doctorate. We find Mr. Will’s representation of rape victims and his critique of university efforts to investigate and report sexual assaults deeply troubling.
We applaud MSU’s participation in the nationwide “It’s On Us” program to prevent sexual assault. However, presenting an individual who actively works against the ideals of this program with one of the university’s highest honors undermines the progress our campus community has made in the past year.
UNTF joins other groups on campus and in our community in asking that President Simon rescind Mr. Will’s invitation to speak, and commit an amount equal to his honorarium to the Sexual Assault Program on campus.”