After controversy at Sci-Po Grenoble, alumni revolt and call for reform

Revised on December 25, 2021 at 10:00 pm, December 25, 2021 at 10:52 pm

Since mid-December, the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) in Grenoble has been rocked by a controversy following the suspension of a professor whom some have condemned as a result of a “vocist” drift. In a forum, alumni demand reform. Here is his text: “In recent months, Grenoble’s Institute for Political Studies (IEP) has been the subject of an alarming drift, becoming an instrument of an internal ideological battle, nothing to do with the university, supplied by some teacher-researchers and student.

We, students and alumni of IEPs, from all social, political and professional backgrounds; All Republicans, we strongly condemn this situation and its consequences for the school from which we graduated.


It cannot be tolerated that teachers are threatened and now suspended there for discussing certain topics.


Without trying to fuel the controversy that undermines the name and image of the IEP, we wish to reaffirm the republican and universal principles, the fruits of our history, enshrined in our Constitution and the essential respect for the guarantors of being together. The IEP should remain a place where all possibilities meet. It cannot be tolerated that teachers are threatened and now suspended there for discussing certain topics.

It is unacceptable that conceptual designs, raised and nurtured by student activists, can exercise free rein in a public-funded higher education establishment.

It is also unacceptable that these designs result in a danger to individuals who are doomed to grieve in public and are seriously at risk because of this exposure. How to endure it, months after the tragedy of Conflans-Sainte-Honorin, in which Samuel Petty lost his life?


If collective organization allows such abuse, it is because it must be deeply reformed.


Finally, it is unacceptable that the few students elected to representative bodies use their mandate to openly wage their ideological struggle when they are expected to speak on behalf of all their peers.

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If collective organization allows such abuse, it is because it must be deeply reformed.

The importance of a balance between freedom of expression, the need for debate, sensitivity, these principles must be respected and demanded in an institution like Science Po, which, for the purpose of its teaching, is at the heart of the question. Political in its broadest sense.

Only on this condition, youth of all walks of life, of all origins, like us, like those before them, will be able to enroll in a university course where they will find their place. Register regardless of their opinion; Register to be able to argue with respect and tolerance; Register to be enriched by your differences as they build their spirit and ability to act.

It is the only condition to have a strict respect for these general principles that students will be able to find themselves in a common place.

At the same time, we officially call on the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, as well as the establishment’s management and decision-making bodies, to take all measures to guarantee this necessary balance.

In the absence of resolute action, the future of the school is in question, vulnerable to the risk of flight of potential future students, to practice the values ​​of excellence and critical thinking in the face of this spectacle. promotes.

First 40 signatories, in alphabetical order of first names

Adele Capievic, Business Manager

Alexis Capaccio, Business Executive

Amaury Baradon, French teacher in Japan

Antoine Landrodi, private sector employee

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Barthélemy Piche, Administrator of the European Commission

Céline Pina, journalist and columnist

Christophe Gaudin, Lecturer

Claire Filiator, lawyer

Corentin Le Blohic de Boisnef, Indirect Buyer

Cyril Pernett, Public Finance Inspector

Didier Verlet, Financial Advisor

Emmanuel Ducroix, journalist

Eneko Hiriart, Company Director

François Dib, Administrative Manager

Gabriel Charbonnier, Deputy Consul

Homayun Falakshahi, Financial Analyst

Igal Schnoor, Risk Manager

Jean Du Chafot, Parliamentary Assistant

Jerome Barron, Regional Officer

Jules Amonard, Financial Analyst

Julian Combet, Senior Treasurer Financing Specialist

Julian Tahmisian, Communications Consultant

Louis-Marie Bess de Burke, political advisor

Lukas Jakubovi, political journalist, deputy editor

Matthew Vigier, a Social Security organization executive

Maxim Primate, chief of staff in an inter-municipality

Nicolas Bamez, Entrepreneur

Nicolas Ferrire, chief of staff in an inter-municipality

Olivier Azpitarte, Journalist-Director

Olivier Courde, Financial Manager

Olivier Massin, Professor of Philosophy

Pierre Pavie, retired

Pierre Pullain, Business Manager

Rafael Chabaud, Sales Manager

Rafael Mechelani, Designer

Remi Falzone, Private Executive

Romain Giglio, Client Manager

Romain Millet, Regional Administrative Officer

Sebastian Brilly, Commercial Director

Silvestre Neuve, Business Engineer

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