While strongly condemning discrimination, Colorado College also affirms the principle that an academic environment is necessarily an arena in which controversial points of view may be freely expressed. Freedom of thought and expression is essential to any institution of higher education. Such institutions exist not only to transmit existing knowledge but also to expand that knowledge by testing the old and proposing the new. This mission often inspires vigorous debate on social, religious, economic, and political issues that arouse the strongest passions. On a campus that is free and open, no idea can be banned or forbidden. No viewpoint or message may be deemed so hateful that it may not be expressed. Nothing in this Anti-Discrimination Policy should be construed to interfere with the academic freedom of all persons at the college to express and debate diverse ideas. Persons who object to the expression of certain ideas should generally counter with refutation, not demands for sanctions or disciplinary action against the person who has expressed the controversial ideas.