EKU professors send letter opposing President Trump's campus visit

President Donald J. Trump speaking a "Make America Great Again" rally at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, Photo Date: 10/2/2018 / Photo: Donald J. Trump for President / (MGN)
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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Several Eastern Kentucky University professors have sent a letter to university leaders opposing President Donald Trump's campaign stop at Alumni Coliseum Saturday.

The letter states the professors oppose the campaign stop at Alumni Coliseum not because of political differences, but because they feel the Trump campaign "attacked the values of inquiry, learning, and free speech which lie at the heart of higher education and form the core mission of this University."

Faculty members have reported some students are concerned for their safety, and the professors say the student concerns are justified based on previous rallies. They also cited economic impacts which may be negative toward the university or governments.

University president Michael Benson has told students and faculty the university will remain nonpartisan during the Saturday night event

An Open Letter to President Benson and the Board of Regents by WKYT on Scribd