Univ. of Chicago’s Statement On Free Speech A Rarity

January 13, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has enthusiastically endorsed the new free-speech policy statement released by the University of Chicago.

The newly released policy developed by the Committee on Freedom of Expression says, in part, that the school “guarantees all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn.” The policy, released last week, also adds: “It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”

Azhar Majeed, director of legal and public advocacy for FIRE, says the school should be proud of what the new policy represents.

“For one thing, it’s great to see it come from the faculty of the university,” Majeed tells OneNewsNow. “I think it says something about the climate for free speech at this institution and the level of awareness that these professors have.”

He says it’s hard to think of another school that has developed such a notable policy of late.

“Off the top of my head I can think of the University of Minnesota, which has a very good statement on academic freedom that they passed a few years ago,” says the FIRE spokesman. “But yes, certainly I can’t think of too many schools that have this well-thought out and this sterling of a policy.”

 

Schools: University of Chicago