• Jake

    Borrowed from the University of Chicago’s Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression: and from which I whole heartedly agree:

    In a word, the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or

    deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or

    even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral,

    or wrong-headed. It is for the individual members of the University community, not

    for the University as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves, and to act

    on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously

    contesting the ideas that they oppose. Indeed, fostering the ability of members of the

    University community to engage in such debate and deliberation in an effective and

    responsible manner is an essential part of the University’s educational mission.

    As a corollary to the University’s commitment to protect and promote free expression,

    members of the University community must also act in conformity with the principle

    of free expression. Although members of the University community are free to

    criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, and to criticize and contest

    speakers who are invited to express their views on campus, they may not obstruct or

    otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even

    loathe. To this end, the University has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a

    lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom

    when others attempt to restrict it.

    As Robert M. Hutchins observed, without a vibrant commitment to free and open

    inquiry, a university ceases to be a university. The University of Chicago’s longstanding

    commitment to this principle lies at the very core of our University’s

    greatness. That is our inheritance, and it is our promise to the future.

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