AAS Statement Regarding the Board of Trustees' Decision on the Lord Jeff

In line with our stance against the use of Lord Jeffery Amherst as the College’s mascot, and given the overwhelming student support for removing Lord Jeffery Amherst as the College’s unofficial mascot, the AAS supports the Board of Trustees’ decision to, “when [Amherst’s] own resources are involved”, discontinue reference to Lord Jeff in Amherst’s “official communications, its messaging, and its symbolism.” Additionally, we strongly agree with the Board’s concern for both the strength of the Amherst College community and the inviolability of freedom of expression on and off campus.

 

Association of Amherst Students

  Association of Amherst Students

Amherst Student Government

We, the students of Amherst College, acknowledge our responsibilities to ourselves as individuals, to the community, and to each other, and shall pursue the ideals of all without denying the ideals of one. We shall establish a community in which each individual is accepted and in which each individual participates. Promoting the free interaction and exchange of ideas, we declare our commitment to articulating student voices for advancing action and change. We shall use our collective voice to take an active role in affecting the College’s policies and priorities. In affirmation of these principles and to ensure fair representation for all Students we hereby establish the Association of Amherst Students.