Academic freedom still lives, if only at U Chicago

It’s a mark of how fall higher ed has fallen, that a policy saying it’s okay to deeply offend someone on campus is now considered newsworthy. My added emphasis:

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. Although the University greatly values civility, and although all
members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a
climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used
as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable
those ideas may be to some members of our community.

“The Committee’s robust statement deserves to take a place alongside the American Association of University Professors’ famous 1915 ‘Declaration of Principles,’ its 1940 ‘Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure,’ Yale University’s Woodward Report, and the University of Chicago’s own Kalven Report as inspiring statements on the unique importance of free speech to any university community.

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