AUFA Statement on President Trump's Executive Order

The Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) is deeply concerned by the recent Executive Order by the United States President that restricts the ability of students, faculty, staff, and other members of the international academic community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States. While we recognize that national security is important, this Executive Order is contrary to the values we hold dear as members of an international academic community at Athabasca University. The AUFA community, like that in all universities from across Canada and the United States, is intellectually enriched by the scholarly work by faculty and students from around the world, including the affected countries.  AUFA believes it is imperative that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, researchers, and instructors, of all backgrounds and nationalities. Further, the intellectual health of an academic community must be protected from discourses of racism, and from regulations that restrict the movement of people. It is incumbent upon the academic community to protect the academic freedom of scholars, and therefore AUFA strongly condemns recent Executive Orders enacted by President Trump. AUFA is committed to assisting any of our members impacted by these actions.