* COUNCIL OF UC FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS STATEMENT ON “CIVILITY” AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM

On Friday Sept. 5, Chancellor Dirks of UC Berkeley circulated an open statement to his campus community that sought to define the limits of appropriate debate at Berkeley.  Issued as the campus approaches the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, Chancellor Dirks’ statement, with its evocation of civility, echoes language recently used by the Chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana and the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (especially its Chair Christopher Kennedy) concerning the refused appointment of Steven Salaita. It also mirrors language in the effort by the University of Kansas Boar d of Regents to regulate social media speech and the Penn State administration’s new statement on civility. Although each of these administrative statements have […]