Resolution in Support of Civil Discourse and the Principles of the Academy

Resolution Number: RS02-197
January, 2002

ACADEMIC SENATE RESOLUTION
IN SUPPORT OF CIVIL DISCOURSE AND THE PRINCIPLES

OF THE ACADEMY

#RS02-197
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 and

environment or learning that promotes freedom of

expression, academic and civil discourse,

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 further

May 13, 2002 report on Campus issued by President

Robert A. Corrigan (attached);

and be it
RESOLVED
that

the Academic Senate call upon all members of the campus community to

foster civil

the discourse both in and out of the classroom

and to lead by example in treating all

members of 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.

***APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY WITH APPLAUSE MAY 14,

2002***