To Students, Faculty, and Staff:
There have been recent reports in the media, which are as yet uncorroborated, alleging that the New York Police Department may in the past have undertaken surveillance of Muslim student groups on certain college campuses and Muslim community organizations in the New York area, based on concerns about public safety. After an investigation, I can report that there is no evidence to suggest that Baruch College has ever had knowledge of, much less been involved in, any such attempt by authorities to monitor individual students or student organizations on this campus.
We deeply value the free expression of ideas at the College, and we are very proud of the rich diversity of faiths and cultures that are represented at Baruch. It is for these reasons, among others, that we neither condone nor would we tolerate such an unwarranted intrusion into our academic community. Indeed, we would consider this to be a violation of our most basic principles of inclusion, freedom of expression and the open, unrestricted pursuit of knowledge at the College.
Should any member of the Baruch community have concerns about these allegations that they wish to discuss further, you are welcome to speak with the Ombudsperson, Professor Mindy Engle-Friedman. Students also may consult with staff in the Office of Student Affairs (NVC 2-255).
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
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