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ANN ARBOR, MI – Members of the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents have declined to form a committee to investigate divesting the university’s endowment from certain companies alleged to commit human rights violations against Palestinians.

Six of the eight Board of Regents members signed a joint statement Thursday, Dec. 14, noting that they strongly opposed any action involving the boycott, divestment or sanction of Israel.

Regents Shauna Ryder Diggs and Kathy White did not sign the statement. Diggs noted in an email that she is in favor of addressing statements, deliberations and responses to a resolution in an open meeting.

The statement by the majority of regents reads, “We must consider the broad landscape of university stakeholders including all students, our faculty, staff, alumni and the citizens of the State of Michigan.

“We remain committed to the university’s longstanding policy to shield the endowment from political pressures.”

University of Michigan regents won’t divest; oppose Israel sanctions

Six of the eight Board of Regents members signed a joint statement Thursday, Dec. 14, noting that they strongly opposed any action involving the boycott, divestment or sanction of Israel.


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