U.S. colleges move cautiously in cutting ties to Russia

One PR firm leader expressed surprised at how long it has taken associations and universities to issue statements on the war.

While governments in Germany and Denmark are demanding their colleges de-activate any links to Russia, most American colleges are resisting calls to cut academic and financial ties. College leaders argue that might not be the best move at this time and some presidents are reluctant to use their voices to speak out because politics have become so toxic.

Instead, they’re making sure everybody associated with the college community is safe, identifying formal relationships and financial connections that they may have with people in the Russian Federation and issuing statements celebrating the value of liberal arts education in fighting authoritarianism.

Nearly a week after Russia invaded Ukraine, the American Association of Colleges and Universities released a carefully-crafted statement condemning the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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