Currently, the University of Pennsylvania has provided very little information regarding what could be a substantial burden to our education, work, and lives. At the same time, Penn and its Ivy League peer institutions have engaged in a tax-avoidance scheme, costing the federal government billions of dollars by hiding university finances in offshore havens. As the millionaires and billionaires that run this university pay themselves more every year with ill-gotten gains, graduate student workers stand to lose up to $10,000 a year in taxes on income that we will never see in our bank accounts.
For these reasons, GET-UP demands that the administration release a detailed written plan for how graduate students will be protected from this loss of real wages regarding the potential removal of U.S. Code § 117 pertaining to Qualified Scholarships.
We invite both individual students and representatives of student organizations to sign onto this statement demanding that the administration protect its graduate student workers.