Join the Network
Membership is open to accredited higher education institutions worldwide. The rights and obligations of membership include the following. There are no other obligations of membership.
Commitment to academic freedom: Members commit to the principle that scholars should be free to work without fear or intimidation, as set forth in the Scholars at Risk network’s founding statement (see other side).
Official SAR representative: Members designate a primary representative to communicate with the SAR office and other members, including receiving information about scholars seeking temporary assistance. The primary representative is responsible for sharing within the institution information about opportunities for institutional, faculty or student involvement in SAR activities (see below). Members are encouraged, but not required, to establish a local committee of interested administrators, faculty and students to share responsibility for determining when and how to participate in any activities.
Rights of membership: Members in good standing are eligible to vote at annual and special membership meetings; receive discounts on admission to SAR events and publications; and receive preferential consideration of their faculty and students for SAR services, fellowships, internships and other opportunities as they may develop.
Activities and Opportunities for Participation:
Participation in any specific SAR activity, including hosting scholars, is optional and at the discretion of the institution through its primary representative. SAR provides opportunities for members to engage at all levels (institutional, administration, faculty, student and alumni), including:
• Hosting threatened scholars as temporary visitors, students, researchers, or professors. Through SAR, member institutions will have access to courageous and inspiring educators for academic visits. Members will receive help from SAR staff in making arrangements and in counseling scholar-visitors about relocation, adjustment, job searching and post-visit transitions.
• Hosting lectures, panels and other events, including SAR Speaker Series events, featuring one or more SAR scholars.
• Participating at SAR conferences on academic freedom, university autonomy and related higher education issues.
• Academic staff enrichment opportunities through participation in SAR research, training and education projects.
• Making new international contacts by serving in SAR working groups, committees and governing board.
• Student internship opportunities working in the SAR office or from their home institution.
• Alumni engagement including through participation in public events or helping to welcome and mentor visiting scholars.
• Helping to shape SAR’s priorities and direction, including by suggesting new activities.