Policy and Procedure Manual: 400-01, Freedom of Expression

University of California, Davis

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Independent thought and diversity of opinions are the essence of the University, and freedom of expression is necessary for the University to fulfill its mission of producing and disseminating knowledge. Without the ability of its members to freely hear, express, and debate different ideas and points of view, the University would lack the culture of free inquiry that lies at the foundation of the academic enterprise


University policies are to be interpreted and applied in a manner that promotes free and open debate and discussion to ensure the highest standards of freedom of expression and independent thought for the members of the University community. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Sections 2 and 3, of the California Constitution set a floor, not a ceiling with respect to expressive activity, and the University is committed to fostering expressive rights in excess of these protections.


The University is committed to ensuring that all persons may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free expression, speech, assembly, and worship, even in instances in which the positions expressed may be viewed by some as controversial or unpopular.