It is a sad testament to the state of affairs on campus that this kind of resolution is even necessary.
Ideas that are unpopular or even offensive should not be shut out of debates over controversial topics at University of Wisconsin System schools, the System’s Board of Regents affirmed Friday, when its members passed a resolution restating their commitment to free speech.
The resolution calls for a free and open exchange of ideas at UW System colleges and universities, and says institutions must not act to inhibit those debates, even if their topics or arguments are “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”
UW System President Ray Cross called the resolution an effort to re-commit to UW’s “bedrock” principle of sifting and winnowing for the truth.
“This is an ethos that must be embedded in our character,” Cross said.