The University of Mississippi is not an institutional member of the American Studies Association (ASA) and should not have been listed in ASA publications as an institutional member. We have notified the organization accordingly, asking that the university’s name be removed. It appears that an individual membership was recorded incorrectly as an institutional membership.
Had the university been a voting member of ASA, we would have opposed a boycott, as it conflicts with several pillars of our university Creed, among which are the values of academic freedom, fairness and civility and respect for the dignity of each person. The University of Mississippi is a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and we support the Jan. 2 statement issued by APLU, which opposes the ASA boycott.
Dan Jones, M.D.
Chancellor, University of Mississippi
Provost, University of Mississippi