University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

Current Student Protest

April 24, 2007

Dear Members of the UVM Campus Community,

In the face of the hunger strike now under way by students protesting the University's response to the recommendations of the Basic Needs and Equitable Compensation Task Force, I have issued two statements that I want to share with all of you. The first, a statement on the hunger strike itself, focuses on our foremost concern, the health and well-being of the student demonstrators.

The second, a statement about UVM as an employer, provides information on the precise ways in which the University has been responsive to the advocacy of the demonstrators, establishing compensation and benefits for our lower-paid employees that are among the most highly competitive in Vermont and making attention to basic needs one of the key parameters for establishing compensation at UVM.

While we honor the advocacy of our students, I hope that most members of the community will agree with the student leader who wrote to me yesterday as follows:

"I urge that you consider, which I don't doubt that you already have, that if successful, these dangerous hunger strikes could become acceptable as a means for effecting change at UVM. At this point I don't even view this as a livable wage issue, I view this as a student safety issue, and hunger strikes must not be encouraged or acceptable at the University of Vermont."

With those words of student wisdom in mind, I submit these two brief statements for the attention of all interested members of our community.

Sincerely,

Daniel Mark Fogel
President

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