Wednesday, May 17, 2006

New Email From UC Irvine Chancellor Drake

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Subject: Campus Civility
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 18:21:03 -0700
From: Michael V. Drake, Chancellor
To: All UCI Students: ;;All UCI;

Dear Students:

Last week, I wrote to reiterate the core values that guide our interactions at the University of California, Irvine. They are: integrity (what kind of people we are), respect (how we treat others), intellectual and creative rigor (how we approach our work), commitment (how we face challenges), empathy (how we connect with others) and appreciation (how we value others).

The First Amendment provides great latitude regarding our freedom of expression. The university has a legal obligation to assure the free exchange of ideas, however infuriating we may perceive particular views with which we disagree. It is often offensive or inflammatory speech that requires Constitutionally-mandated protection.

I ask that you join me in ensuring that we remain a dynamic, respectful campus community that upholds these core values and where free speech, individual rights and safety are honored and respected.

Michael V. Drake, M.D.

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