Statements and Messages

Following are selected statements and messages related to free expression. 

August 22, 2017
Charlottesville and Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President

June 20, 2017
Setting the Agenda: The First Amendment on College Campuses
Robert J. Zimmer, President
Christina Paxson, Brown University President

June 5, 2017
Q&A with the President of the University of Chicago: Safeguarding Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President

March 30, 2017
Free Expression on University Campuses: The Chicago Principles
Robert J. Zimmer, President

August 25, 2016
Free Speech is the Basis of a True Education
Robert J. Zimmer, President

August 2016 (reissued monograph)
Academic Freedom and the Modern University
John W. Boyer, Dean of the College
Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and the College 

June 7, 2015
Protest and Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Eric D. Isaacs, Provost

March 1, 2015
Statement on Online Postings
Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

January 6, 2015
Statement on Free Expression at the University of Chicago
Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Eric D. Isaacs, Provost

November 2014
Messages on Expressions of Hate
Robert J. Zimmer, President, Eric D. Isaacs, Provost and Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

September 29, 2014
Statement on UChicago Community Values
Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, and Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University

September 25, 2014
Articulating and Defending Free Expression
Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Eric D. Isaacs, Provost

January 13, 2014
Report of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Dissent and Protest

December 22, 2013
University statement on academic boycotts

November 6, 2013
Letter to Campus: Free Expression
Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Provost, and Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

May 20, 2013
Final Report of Investigation for the University of Chicago

March 3, 2013
Message on values and protest
President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum

January 30, 2013
Message to Campus, Sunday’s Demonstration
Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, Karen Warren Coleman

January 28, 2013
Statement on protest at Center for Care and Discovery

July 2012
Statement on principles of free expression
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law

May 26, 2012
Open Letter to the University of Chicago Community: How core values shape the University response to bias reports
Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

November 13, 2011
Letter to Campus, Freedom of Expression
Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Kimberly Goff-Crews

April 15, 2011
“Cultivating the Habit of Free Inquiry,” op-ed in Chicago Maroon
Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

October 23, 2009
“A Challenge and an Opportunity,” op-ed in Chicago Maroon
Kimberly Goff-Crews, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

Oct. 22, 2009
FAQ about Oct. 15 Ehud Olmert Event

Oct. 21, 2009
Address on academic freedom at Columbia University
President Robert J. Zimmer

Oct. 20, 2009
Letter to Campus, Freedom of Expression and Protest
President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Academic Year 2006-07
Statement from the President on Diversity
Robert J. Zimmer, President

October 29, 2002
Academic Freedom and the Modern University
John W. Boyer, Dean of the College

October 23, 2002
Free Speech and Intellectual Discourse
Don Randel, President

September 24, 1995
Aims of Education Address, “Academic Freedom and Responsibility”
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law