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Belmont students, alumni want school to cut ties with CoreCivic

As tensions increase between CoreCivic and Nashville, with the private prison management company threatening to walk away from its contract with the city, Belmont University students and alumni are calling for the school to cut its own ties with CoreCivic.

More than 300 students have launched a social media campaign, “Be Better Belmont,” and have drafted a letter to Belmont President Bob Fisher calling for the university “to fully divest from the prison system and anyone involved with it.”

Some of the issues the group is raising include board leadership and financial contributions to the university from CoreCivic or those who profit from the company.

Belmont University and CoreCivic officials say the information concerned students and alumni are sharing about the university’s connection to CoreCivic is incorrect. 

Belmont University officials stand by the board members.

“Belmont has an outstanding Board of Trustees who volunteer their time, their expertise and their financial resources to support students in a variety of ways from scholarships to faculty endowments to building outstanding facilities. This Board comprises women and men who are all accomplished professionals, committed Christians and people of high character,” a spokesperson for the university said in an email.

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