Lehigh community gathers to discuss petition for sanctuary campus

Members of the Lehigh community — including students, faculty, staff and administrators — attended a discussion in Williams Hall on Dec. 12 to address the petition for the university becoming a sanctuary campus.

  1. Here's the petition.
  2. In response to students' concerns about the election, and issues similar to what the sanctuary campus would protect, a forum was held Nov. 29.
  3. Several individuals who organized and support the petition met with Lehigh's president, John Simon, to discuss the petition. They updated the community during the discussion that Simon is not yet going to declare the university a sanctuary campus. They said he does not want to take action before legislation has been changed. Simon was not present at the discussion.
  4. Supporters of the petition argued that even if Lehigh is not able to guarantee protection for undocumented students or employees, the symbolism of declaring itself a sanctuary campus is important.
  5. The discussion also touched upon a separate petition appealing to the university for it to revoke Donald Trump's honorary degree, which he received when he spoke at Lehigh's commencement in 1988.
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