The Department of Political Science

for people who care to matter

Dear students,

Although I am on sabbatical this semester, I have heard several reports from campus of harassment suffered by students in the last several days.  I am dismayed at these developments and want to share the following with all of you:

  • To victims of harassment: You are not alone.  This department and this university are your community, and we will support you in every way we can.  Please contact any of our faculty to talk about anything you would like to discuss.  You may also want to reach out to the University Stewards program (Professors Mazzei and Bleak are both members):
  • To those who would harass: A university is a space for intellectual exploration and development.  Criticism and questioning are welcome.  Harassment, however, is unacceptable and specifically prohibited by the Code of Student Conduct:

Harassment.  Includes intimidation, ridicule or insults that are sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the university; creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working and/or learning environment; or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s work or learning opportunities, and is based on an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, military status, identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran.  (

  • To those who observe harassment: It is our joint responsibility to develop and maintain a community of mutual respect and learning.  When some of our members feel unsafe because of intimidation, that community begins to crumble.  When you see this happening, please let your fellow students who are being targeted know that you support them, and report the actions to us in the department or to someone else at the university.  University Stewards ( will give you any support and direction you need.

Thank you,

Andrew Barnes


Department of Political Science




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