Chancellor’s Statement on BDS

“The University of Massachusetts Amherst is opposed to academic boycotts of any kind. The recent vote by members of the UMass Amherst Graduate Employee Organization to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is no exception. UMass Amherst will not discontinue any of its academic programs in Israel nor will divestment from Israeli-related investments be considered. Furthermore, we expect all union members, regardless of the political positions they or their unions may take, to fulfill their official duties as employees of the university fully consistent with university policy. While individuals have the right to express their views, we believe that academic boycotts undermine the fundamental principles of free expression and inquiry that are central to our mission of teaching, research and service.”