Statement regarding ILR exchange programs with China’s Renmin University

The ILR School at Cornell University has suspended two exchange programs with China’s Renmin University. The programs are part of a partnership started in 2014 to advance labor studies in both countries. The decision stemmed from concerns that students at the Chinese institution were being penalized for speaking out about labor rights.

Cornell University has a long history of meaningful exchanges with China as well as an overarching commitment to academic freedom. This decision was made by ILR’s director of international programs in consultation with administration officials. It does not, however, impact other Cornell academic programs with partners in China that continue to benefit our students, our two nations and the world, to which this university remains committed.

Michael I. Kotlikoff