diversity of ideas

August 28, 2013

The freedom to hear is an essential condition of a free university and an inseparable part of
academic freedom. Committee A deplores interference with the right of members of an academic
community to hear on campus those whom they have invited to speak. The right to access to
speakers on campus does not in its exercise imply either advance agreement or disagreement with
what may be said, or approval or disapproval of the speaker as an individual. There can be no
more appropriate forum for the discussion of controversial ideas and issues than the college and
university campus.