October 6, 2022
University statement on events in Iran
Submitted by Richard Linton, Charles Taber and Thomas Lane
Kansas State University continues to closely follow the events in Iran stemming from the tragic death of Mahsa Amini. Our university's Principles of Community call on us to affirm each person's inherent dignity and value and to stand united against all forms of discrimination. These principles also affirm the right of each person to freely express thoughts and opinions with civility and decency. The reports coming from Iran of violent crackdowns against peaceful protestors strike at the core of these principles and compel us to voice our solidarity with the Iranian women, students and other citizens bravely fighting against oppression and discrimination.
We also hold close that Iranian students here at K-State are understandably concerned about the safety of their loved ones and the impact these events may have on their own well-being. Know that the Office of Student Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Financial Assistance, and International Student and Scholar Services are available to support and assist. K-State also partners with My SSP, an online, confidential, 24/7 mental health resource available free to all students. You are not alone during this difficult time.
K-State faculty and staff needing support may also utilize the resources available to them via the Employee Assistance Program.
The ability to peacefully protest for human rights is a fundamental freedom, and Kansas State University joins others across the globe calling for an end to violence against women.
Richard Linton, President
Charles Taber, Provost and Executive Vice President
Thomas Lane, Vice President for Student Life