FBI Investigation of Terrorism
To the University Community:
I have recently learned that a handful of
students have received a letter from Police Commissioner Timoney
requesting personal interviews. I understand that these requests
are part of a nationwide program initiated by the FBI in connection
with the investigation of terrorism after September 11th.
These requests are wholly independent of
the University and a student's decision as to how to respond is
entirely his or her own. The University, however, is concerned
that students' rights and privacy be protected in the process.
Should any student want advice or assistance, we offer the following
should contact the Office of International Programs (OIP), where
they can receive advice and counseling about the process, immigration
issues, and other related matters. OIP has a brochure called
"Know Your Rights" prepared by the ACLU. OIP also
has information from the Department of Justice about the subjects
covered in the interviews that might be useful for students
a student wants the interview conducted on campus, OIP can arrange
for a private meeting space either at OIP or at the Inn at Penn.
a student wishes to consult a lawyer, before an interview or
at any time, the ACLU in Philadelphia is available and willing
to offer support on a pro bono basis. Stephen Presser
(215-592-1513, Ext. 116) knows that students have received these
requests and has specifically indicated that his office will
provide legal advice. As always, students may also consult OIP's
list of lawyers willing to be hired by students. As we learn
of other resources that become available to students, we will
forward the information to OIP.
If you have any further questions, please
feel free to contact Joyce Randolph.
-- President Judith Rodin
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 16, December 18, 2001
December 18, 2001
Volume 48 Number 16