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This week, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) released a statement calling for an end to violence amid recent events in the United States. John Carroll University President Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., signed the statement on behalf of the University.

In their release, the AJCU called for an end to violence and "a recommitment to the ideals of fairness, justice, racial equity, and inclusion to which our nation aspires." An excerpt from the statement reads:


We, the presidents of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, condemn in the strongest terms the assault on our democratic processes by the mob that attempted to interfere with yesterday’s Electoral College certification in our nation’s capital. We join with those citizens and civic organizations across the country that call for an end to the rhetoric and violence that have surrounded this otherwise peaceful election.

Violence of any kind is inimical to the principles of democracy upon which this nation was built. The motivations and actions of those who have persisted in denigrating our system of laws are a sad and unfortunate result of tactics that have torn the fabric of our nation.

Read the full release here.