How Can UC Head Off Intolerance Without Stifling Free Speech?

September 21, 2015

By Editorial at Los Angeles Daily News

QUESTION OF THE WEEK >> Moved by anti-Semitic incidents at UCLA and other campuses, the University of California is starting to work on a policy aimed at heading off intolerance without infringing on free speech.

That won’t be easy. UC officials’ first attempt at a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance” drew complaints both from members of Jewish groups, who said it failed to specifically address anti-Semitism, and free-speech advocates, who said it would stifle the open debate essential to academic life. On Sept. 17, the UC Board of Regents voted to try again, naming a committee to work on what would be the first such policy statement by an American state university system...