This message is a direct response to a circulating news story that is categorically false.
It is immensely hurtful to our university community, to the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan who founded and continue to sponsor Barry University, and to the international members of the Dominican Order who have suffered as a result of the violence created by ISIS.
Barry University does not and never will allow or authorize the formation of an ISIS-related humanitarian aid group on campus.
There has been no formation of any such group at Barry University. No paper work requesting such an organization has ever been filed with the proper authorities at the University.
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If a student or students are interested in forming a recognized student organization, they are advised on the established processes to follow for approval.
However, submitting a request does not guarantee approval since the purpose of all student groups must be in accordance with Barry University’s Mission Statement and Core Commitments.
The images and video released were edited and spliced to unfairly represent the university and staff being featured.
It is reprehensible to think any organization would acquire video and edit it in such a way as to denigrate the reputation of Barry University or its staff.
Legitimate journalism outlets should be insulted.
Barry University has a steadfast commitment to the free exchange of ideas.
However, in no way do we support or condone the rhetoric or actions of any terrorist group.
Barry University’s Mission Statement and Core Commitments — Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice, and Collaborative Service — are antithetical to such groups.
Every afternoon at 3 p.m. the Carillon on our main campus plays Let There Be Peace on Earth, a reminder to all of us to pray daily for peace and to advocate for nonviolent solutions to world issues.
The intimation or implication that our university would approve or condone the formal establishment of such a group could be regarded as not just shameful, but sinful.
Sister Linda Bevilacqua, president, Barry University