A campus-wide email sent on April 21st, 2011, to UCSD students calls for reverence for the First Amendment and freedom of speech.
I presume this comes after the University of Iowa incident where a gender studies professor told the College Republicans to “F*** off”.
Let’s hope that our administration respects the First Amendment rights of conservatives, pro-Israel advocates, and those that are often silenced on campus. Activist groups like the SJP, MSA, ASU, etc. wrongly accuse them of hate and try to suppress their right to express their viewpoints. Remember, practice free speech–not hate speech.
University of California, San Diego
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR –
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR –
April 21, 2011
ALL ACADEMICS, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT UCSD
SUBJECT: Respect for Our Colleagues During Discourse and Debate
As an internationally recognized institution of higher learning, UC San
Diego thrives on the spirited exchange of ideas as we prepare tomorrow’s
leaders and discover new knowledge to benefit society. Discourse and
debate are natural in the halls of our great university, with those
discussions grounded in the principles of freedom of thought and freedom
of speech. During our discussions, it is imperative that we remain civil
and professional in order to preserve the integrity of our educational
environment and to ensure that our dialogue contributes to and enriches
the diversity of our campus.
Each of us bears the responsibility to respect and conduct ourselves
with civility toward our academic and student colleagues, especially as
we discuss issues that are politically charged and that touch us deeply
and personally. The purpose of higher learning is to open our minds, to
challenge our long-held views, and to advance the pursuit of knowledge.
From early morning classrooms to late night meetings of student
organizations, UC San Diego provides myriad avenues for these
discussions. As we listen and learn from one another—whether or not we
agree with differing perspectives—we aspire to the ideals embodied in
our Principles of Community.
We affirm our commitment to the First Amendment and Academic Freedom, as
envisioned by the founders of our country and our university. We
strongly urge all members of our campus community—students, faculty and
staff—to be guided by reason and respect as we debate the issues of our
Marye Anne Fox
Executive Vice Chancellor –
Vice Chancellor –