1. Check if your school is receiving Koch funding.
2. Conduct research.
Look at your school’s website for information about what Koch money is funding and if there are any strings attached to those donations. UnKoch’s toolkit (http://bit.ly/1PojHv2) and research guide can help.
3. Request transparency.
Before launching a campaign to pressure the school for change, it’s important to ask directly for the information you want instead of assuming the school won’t provide it. If it doesn’t provide the information, you resort to other measures.
4. File a public records request.
If your university is public, then you may be able to file an open records request for memorandums of understanding, contracts and communication around any Koch donor agreements. Laws vary by state, so check UnKoch’s Student Press Law Center (http://bit.ly/1ygtI8t) for help submitting a records request.
5. Raise your concerns in the media.
Share your story. Based on your research and what you’ve seen on other campuses, express your concern and make your case for transparency by getting coverage in your campus or local paper, or submitting opinion pieces or letters to the editor. Don’t forget to start your own social media account (see @UnKochCampus for guidance).
6. Start a petition.
Make it specific to your university and the problems or influences you’ve researched. Put in specific benchmarks and goals to be met.
7. Build a coalition.
Pull together students, faculty, alumni, unions, community organizations, student government and the faculty senate.
8. Meet with your university president and/or board of trustees.
Present your case for greater transparency regarding private donations and the influences they may have, and offer to work with the administration to find solutions.
9. Ensure that your campus has policies to prevent undue influence.
Propose specific additions or changes that protect academic freedom and safeguard the integrity of your university.
Build people power and increase pressure on your target. Sign-on letters, call-in days, rallies, days of action and sit-ins are just a few examples. Be creative to get your message out there and push for the change needed on campus.