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University of Chicago Taken To Task Over Sudan Policy

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.

UNFILTERED: Audio from the hearing.

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.

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