Rights of Free Speech and Academic Freedom
The exercise and protection of freedom of speech and expression are at the core of the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service.
UCI actively engages the community in promoting and modeling civil and respectful dialogue on campus. Visit What We Are Doing for a sample of our ongoing efforts to address free speech, academic freedom and civility in a multitude of venues including programs, meetings, social gatherings and public statements.
What We Are Doing
UCI is committed to building success in First Amendment expression through the practice of Constructive Engagement. The five principles for Constructive Engagement are
- Active engagement
- Deliberate socialization
- Unique teachable moment
- Collaborative cross-divisional planning
- Mutual and permeable boundaries
The freedom of a college or university to pursue its mission without interference from government – to determine for itself on academic grounds on who may teach, what may be taught, how it shall be taught, and who may be admitted to study – are based on the U.S. Supreme Court which recognized a First Amendment right of institutional academic freedom.
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UCI Faculty and Scholars
The following list of UCI faculty and scholars have insight and knowledge into issues and topics related to free speech.