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Update on Graduate Student Unionization

August 7, 2018

Dear Graduate Students, 

On Friday, August 3, 2018, the University received a subpoena from the arbitrator working with Brown University, Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees (SUGSE) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as it pertains to graduate student unionization. The subpoena requires personally identifying information for a specific subset of approximately 1,200 PhD and Master’s students who are or have recently been engaged as teaching assistants, research assistants or proctors.   

Earlier today, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Brown’s Office of the General Counsel notified the relevant students of the University’s obligation to comply with the subpoena by providing the requested information to SUGSE and the AFT by August 22, 2018. This communication, which was also a provision of the June 21, 2018 pre-election agreement between Brown and SUGSE, informed students of their right to keep personally identifiable information from being provided in response to the subpoena, and indicating the procedures for opting-out.   

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit the updated FAQs section of the “Be Informed” website, or email [email protected].


Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Medical Science
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Brown University