Office of the Provost

Statement by Elon University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven House regarding a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Recently, members of the American Studies Association (ASA) proposed a boycott of Israeli academic institutions as a form of protest against policies related to Palestinians. Elon University is not an institutional member of the ASA. Below is a statement by Steven House, provost and vice president for academic affairs, explaining Elon University's position on these issues.

Elon has strong programs in international education and is among the nation's leaders in providing study abroad opportunities for students. Elon also stands on bedrock principles of academic freedom and liberty of conscience.

Elon's programs include partnerships with the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that currently allow about a dozen students to study in Israel taking language courses in both Arabic and Hebrew, as well as courses in a variety of fields. Elon students live in apartments with other international students and local roommates. In addition, Elon has relationships and working agreements with many other universities in countries around the world, allowing our students to see the world through many different perspectives and understand the complex relationships among the world's people, cultures and environments.

We will maintain our academic partnerships in Israel. International study collaborations are vital for our students to gain firsthand knowledge of challenging issues facing societies around the world. We believe that sharing knowledge plants the seed for peace and understanding and prepares Elon students to be global citizens and forces for good in the world.

Continuing our international study partnerships is also in keeping with Elon's Academic Freedom Statement, which affirms the principles of free inquiry and respect for the right of each person to her or his convictions.

In the spirit of free inquiry, Elon remains committed to open dialogue and global partnerships, affirming the university’s mission to develop the mind, body and spirit of each student.

Steven D. House
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Elon University

January 2, 2014