CFA Chapter Presidents speak out: Violations of academic freedom won’t be tolerated

In light of of 2016 ending with incidents of hate speech, hate crimes, and violations of academic freedom, CFA Chapter Presidents have taken a stand to uphold the free exchange of ideas throughout the CSU system.

In a letter to faculty colleagues, the presidents reiterated that CFA condemns hate speech and hate crimes, and will support and defend “all members of our campus communities from racist, sexist, nationalist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic attacks.”

“As faculty and members of university communities, we uphold and practice academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. A genuinely free exchange of ideas fosters more conversation, more ideas, and more interlocutors who can challenge us and help us arrive at the truth. We affirm these values and practices as particularly important today when, for the first time in our history, the CSU better mirrors the class, race, and gender diversity of our society.

Hate speech has the opposite effect. It silences other voices, deliberately excludes both specific members and entire groups from the debate. Hate speech shuts down discussion. Hate speech does not search for truth or make an argument, but rather shouts invective or etches a symbol that scares others away.”

Click here to read the full letter, signed by the 23 CFA Chapter Presidents.