May 14, 2002
The following resolution was unanimously passed by the SFSU Academic Senate on May 14, 2002.
WHEREAS established practice defines all universities, colleges, and other schools, in the words of Judge Learned Hand later used by the Supreme Court of the United States, as a "free marketplace of ideas" that should encourage open discourse allowing expression of all perspectives; and
WHEREAS San Francisco State University has long dedicated itself to creating and maintaining an environment for learning that promotes freedom of expression, academic and civil discourse, and respect for diversity; and
WHEREAS any speech or activity that involves intimidation, bigotry, threat, or hate undermines the very foundations of our university and its principles; therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Academic Senate, San Francisco State University applaud and endorse the May 13, 2002 Report on Campus issued by President Robert A. Corrigan; and be it further
RESOLVED that the Academic Senate call upon all members of the campus community to foster civil discourse both in and out of the classroom and to lead by example in treating all members of the community with respect and courtesy; and be it further
RESOLVED that the Academic Senate call upon all members of the campus community to promote a hate-free environment fostering the discourse appropriate to a university setting.
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