UWOFA Statement Regarding US Travel Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UWOFA Statement Regarding US Travel Ban

(London, Ont.) - The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is troubled about the US executive order blocking individuals from seven countries with Muslim majorities from entering the United States for 90 days.

It is our understanding that Friday's executive order will affect research partnerships, conference participation, and fieldwork in the US.

"This ban creates barriers that run counter to academic freedom and the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, the very tenets of our international community of scholars," said UWOFA president Ann Bigelow. "We are alarmed about the unpredictable and far-reaching implications this ban will have."

UWOFA stands in solidarity with all individuals, regardless of their country of origin, race or religion. There is simply no room for discrimination in our diverse society.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is advising members affected by the executive order to reconsider any travel plans to the US. While the travel ban does not affect individuals from the targeted countries who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, the CAUT recommends that these individuals seek legal counsel before travelling to the United States.

Contact

Ann Bigelow, UWOFA president

519-661-2111 x87965

abigelow [at] uwo [dot] ca