As a UCLA graduate student (current FMF intern), I received this in my inbox today, Friday, 2/26/10 at 5:15 pm.
After reading it, all I'm left with is questions.
- What took them so long?
- Is this all the response the despicable events at UCSD merit?
- Is it good enough to counter "bad speech" with "good speech"?
- Are there structural issues that are not being addressed?
- Are the "principles and values" that the UC system stand for unbiased, and therefore good enough to be put forth to "confront behavior that violates them"?
UCLA Office of the Chancellor
To the Campus Community:
Today I joined UCand all the other UC chancellors in signing the following statement:
Statement of UC President Mark G. Yudof, the Chancellors of the ten UC campuses, and the Chair and Vice Chair of the Universitywide Academic Senate
February 26, 2010
As leaders of the University of California community. We will not allow the actions of a few to speak for this University. We denounce them., we are deeply disturbed by recent events at a few of our campuses. We condemn all acts of racism, intolerance and incivility. Regardless of how such offenses are rationalized, or what free speech rights they purport to express, the acts we have witnessed are unacceptable. The actions of these individuals reflect neither our principles nor our values, nor the sentiments of the
Each of our campuses is committed to promoting and defending a learning environment that values and supports each student, faculty and staff member in an atmosphere that is open, civil, fair, caring and respectful. These values are enshrined in the "Principles of Community" each campus adheres to and that clearly outline our expectations for behavior on our campuses. We expect that all members of our university community, including our visitors, will be respectful of differing views, opinions, experiences, and background.
When violations occur, it is incumbent on us, as leaders and as stewards of free speech on our campuses, to push back. We have a responsibility to speak out against activities that promote intolerance or undermine civil dialogue. As always, the remedy for bad speech is good speech. For that reason, we call on all members of the UC community – students, faculty and staff – to affirm and defend the values of the University of California. We are speaking out and ask that you do the same whenever, wherever and however you confront behavior that violates the principles and values of this University.
|Henry Powell |
UC Academic Senate
|Robert J. Birgeneau |
|Michael V. Drake, M.D.|
|Gene Block |
UC Los Angeles
|Steve Kang |
|Timothy P. White|
|Marye Anne Fox |
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
UC Santa Cruz