University of Chicago faculty and students often take fierce moral stands on political and social issues, but now, the university itself is facing moral scrutiny from Chicago aldermen.
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Aldermen want the University of Chicago to pull investments from companies that do business in the war-torn Sudan, but the University says it won't budge.
It says it won't use it's pocketbook to take political stands - that would jeopardize academic freedom in the long run.
26th ward alderman Billy Ocasio lost patience with that argument.
OCASIO: I believe freedom of inquiry can take place - that is the mind of students, that is the work of faculty - that has nothing to with dollars. For me, a school that is about today and the future is really … their logic is in the past.
Ocasio's human relations committee unanimously approved a resolution to denounce the university over the Sudan issue. It's likely to pass the full city council meeting in April.
I'm Shawn Allee, Chicago Public Radio.