University of California, San Diego
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR –
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR –
April 21, 2011
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 complex world.