Dear Dean Esche and members of the board of governors,
I have just heard the news of the suspension of students and two professors at your university. I am dismayed and outraged by your escalation of the dispute. I have written to you before to express my disagreement with the decisions taken, but you have now taken matters further. You must realise that you are not simply fighting a particular issue, but destroying the reputation of your university, perhaps permanently.
There is discussion of an academic boycott of your institution, which I will be pleased to join and support.
Professor Stuart Elden, Geography Department, Durham University
Editor, Society and Space