President Rochon Responds to ''Final Word'' Essay
Dear ICView Readers,
The most recent issue of ICView, which many of you have received, included a story by Emily McNeill '08 in the "Final Word" section of the magazine (a link to the article is provided below). In her story Emily recounts her experiences this past summer in the West Bank. I have heard from many alumni — many who support Emily’s right to express her views and many who are upset that we published this story that clearly represents only one view of the situation in that region. There is an appropriate way to discuss controversial issues in the alumni magazine, a way to share with you the academic dialogue on campus, the experiences and opinions of our students and alumni surrounding an issue. However, in this case we failed to do so in a fully balanced and unbiased manner.
There are processes for editorial review of articles in ICView and they were not followed in this situation. We are taking action to strengthen our processes around the review of content for ICView. This includes a stronger internal editorial review policy as well as creating an editorial board that will review all relevant content of the magazine.
It is certainly the role of institutions of higher education to raise the level of debate around all controversial subjects. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no exception and is undoubtedly debated on this campus in classrooms, lecture halls, and countless dorm rooms. Moving forward, we will continue to look for ways to encourage such dialogues on campus without presenting them in a way that implies they are the “IC View”
I thank all of you for your ongoing support of Ithaca College.
"Final Word" essay "The Violence Must End."