The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech

October 1, 2015

By Hank Reichman at The Academe Blog

Last week the AAUP and the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA) issued a statement protesting remarks made by University of California Regent Richard Blum, which threatened negative political consequences for the University if it did not approve a policy on alleged anti-semitic speech acceptable to him and his wife, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.  Blum’s comments came as the regents discussed a proposed “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.”  The statement, which was prompted by allegations of harassment of Jewish students, especially students who support Israeli policies, had met with wide criticism from advocates of academic freedom (including a post by John Wilson on this blog) on one side and from Jewish student and advocacy groups, who argued that the statement ignored incidents of anti-semitism at the university, on the other side.  The proposal was dropped and instead the board announced plans to have a task force come up with a new document articulating the system’s position on the issue...