Dedicated to upholding the principles of free speech and expression

Free speech is a cornerstone not only of the U.S. Constitution, but also of academic freedom. As a public research university, UC San Diego supports everyone’s right to free speech. The pursuit of knowledge cannot be carried out without the ability to explore and express all ideas freely and openly.

UC San Diego encourages free, civil discourse that is respectful and reasoned. We believe that the respectful and reasoned exchange of ideas is the best way to persuade and learn from others. Free debate will, we believe, expose falsehood and promote truth. Free discourse, however, is not always civil, respectful, or reasoned, and can sometimes be deeply offensive and hurtful. While at times the exchange of controversial ideas and opinions may be distressing to our community members, it is important to recognize that the university acts as a home for diverse and sometimes contradictory ideas and opinions.

The university cannot protect individuals, representing a broad spectrum of beliefs, from potential distress that may arise from the expression of ideas and opinions they may find unwelcome, disagreeable, or offensive. It is the University’s role to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to engage in civil and free discourse so that each person can draw their own conclusions.

Through this website, we hope you will find the information, tools, and activities that will enable you to do the same.