Anti-semitism is antitethical to our values and our campus codes of conduct and is unacceptable under our principles of community. It will not be tolerated. Similarly, Islamophobia is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
On November 10, 2023, Michael V. Drake, the President of the University of California, along with ten chancellors, wrote a message to the UC community. The letter addressed recent bigotry, intolerance, and intimidation on campus. It aimed to ensure the safety of those who advocate for Palestinians.
The message highlights that there has been an increase in intolerance on campus lately, including upsetting language in protests, online, student government meetings, and classrooms.
UC Leadership's Response to Recent Acts
The University leadership strongly condemns hate, bigotry, and intimidation. They clarify that the University of California does not tolerate such behavior. While the message acknowledges the importance of upholding the First Amendment, it emphasizes that groups must comply with state and federal laws and university policies to exercise this right.
Regents Policy 4403: Statement of Principles Against Intolerance
The University has a policy against intolerance and actively challenges anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination in its community. Any behavior that crosses the line into unprotected speech, including persistent harassment and credible threats of violence, will have consequences. This applies to any law or university policy violations, including disruptions of university activity, violence, or vandalism.
The University plans to introduce initiatives to address the current campus climate, provide additional support, and improve public discourse on this issue.
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