University students divided over refugee resolution

The student government at the University of Southern California has been left divided over a resolution which will request the institution to set aside spaces and scholarships for Syrian refugees, with one member describing it as having ‘poor timing’, writes Aftab Ali for the Independent.

Urging the university to join the Institute of International Education’s Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, the student resolution will ask the University of Southern California to commit to offering “scholarships and spaces to Syrian students and scholars fleeing for their lives”. The resolution was to be introduced in the student senate last week and will come up for vote next week.

Commuter senator with the Undergraduate Student Government, Jacob Ellenhorn, described the resolution as being afflicted by ‘poor timing’ after the terrorist attacks in Paris. He told Campus Reform: “It seemed almost insensitive to propose something like this in light of the news that one of the terrorists in Paris was a Syrian refugee.”
Full report on the Independent site