Subject: An important message about civility at UC San Diego
Like all great public research universities, our campus is home to diverse organizations, faculty, staff and students with a wide range of interests and points of view. Freedom of speech and expression are essential aspects of public universities as they lend themselves to intellectual inquiry and debate, and help members of our community define their own points of view. Debate and life on public university campuses will inevitably reflect the current social and political ethos of our local, national, and global society. Diverse points of view on social and political concerns often intensify debate and can develop into a more fervent form of give and take, with opposing points of view, positions, and ideologies that can offend or create feelings of discomfort. "Hate speech" by its nature is meant to offend. However, it is still protected by the First Amendment. This is why we encourage and promote civility and respect in every exchange. We strongly urge all UC San Diego students, faculty and staff to be guided by respect as we debate the issues of our complex world (González & Petitt, 2016).
González, Juan, & Petitt, Becky. (2016, April 29). An important message about civility at UC San Diego (Campus Notice). Office of the Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs & Office of the Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Retrieved from http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/Notices/2016/2016-4-29-1.html