As students, our right to speak freely and pursue the truth wherever it may lead us is integral to the mission of our University and the purpose of our education. Learn your rights and understand how essential they are for university life.
Text from Rights Rules and Responsibilities (1.1.3):
Because the University is committed to free and open inquiry in all matters, it guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn… Of course, the ideas of different members of the University community will often and quite naturally conflict. But it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive… 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.
Read what President Eisgruber has to say about academic freedom
President Eisgruber has written and spoken repeatedly about academic freedom and free speech over the course of his Presidency. The above link is a speech he delivered at first-year orientation in 2022. President Eisgruber has repeatedly championed the famed Chicago Free Speech Principles, which were adopted at Princeton in 2015.
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