Dear Students, Friends and Colleagues,
We are entering another month of living and working during a pandemic. We have already left a difficult October behind us and are probably facing an equally difficult November ahead.
Let me begin this letter by expressing my gratitude. I would like to thank the entire academic community of Adam Mickiewicz University, including all of our students, for your engagement in making possible the day-to-day functioning of the University under these unusual circumstances.
Your actions not only motivate us to live and work more efficiently, but also to undertake projects aimed at helping one another, such as the “Visible Hand of Adam Mickiewicz University”. The volunteers involved are setting a great example of academic solidarity and dedication.
I am also extremely grateful to all of you who have, in so many ways, expressed your support for my position regarding the Polish Constitutional Court’s recent ruling. Your words of encouragement, e-mails, text messages and even social media emoticons have reassured me and substantiated my decision to express my views publicly.
Let me also thank the more than four thousand people who have signed the Letter Supporting the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, which carried a thoughtful and empathetic message.
I would like to thank most wholeheartedly my colleagues and collaborators from the “When Science is a Woman” Project for their factual and substantial support after the release of the counter-statement by the Academic Civic Club [AKO]. I would also like to thank the Board of the Adam Mickiewicz University Alumni Association for their support. I found every word addressed to me and every gesture extremely meaningful and valuable.
I would also like to thank those who reacted polemically to my viewpoints. I respect all views that differ from mine and think that the university should be a place for meritorious debate. I will leave unaddressed those statements that exceeded the bounds of good taste.
The first week of November will bring further restrictions to our University. We are working to continue functioning smoothly and without interruption, but also in a manner that ensures the safety of us all. I would ask you to bear this in mind as you receive further announcements and restrictions relating to administrative and campus services.
At the same time, I would like to inform you that we have taken measures to make personal computers available to people working remotely, if and when necessary. You will receive a follow-up message on this matter soon.
Let me wish you all good health, strength and perseverance.
Professor Bogumiła Kaniewska
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań