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17 November 2001

Rectorate of the University of Heidelberg on the Consequences of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11

As an institution dedicated to academic excellence and higher learning the University of Heidelberg refuses to tolerate any kind of discrimination on ethnic, cultural, religious, gender or age grounds

It is with great concern that the Rectorate of the University of Heidelberg observes the repercussions of the terrorist attacks of September 11 on academic life in Germany and the public discussion on Germany's institutions of higher learning as potential sources of terrorist activities. The University of Heidelberg is committed to supporting the authorities in the attempt to thwart any kind of criminal activity. In its dedication to the free exchange of ideas, the University is equally adamant in its rejection of any kind of discrimination, notably the discrimination of students from other countries on ethnic or religious grounds. As an academic institution devoted to excellence in teaching and research, the University cannot tolerate any form of discrimination on ethnic, cultural, religious, gender or age grounds. With the fullest sympathy for the grief felt by relatives of the victims of the terrorist attacks, the University will do everything in its power to oppose unjustified suspicion and prejudice directed at university members and fellow citizens of the Islamic faith or Arab origin.

Please address any inquiries to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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