Standing with the free exchange of ideas: Understanding the Faculty Petition and the Chicago Statement

We welcome the discussion of how the College should best support freedom of inquiry as part of its educational mission and applaud President Mandel’s formal response to the faculty petition by her creation of an ad hoc committee on speakers, inquiry and inclusion. Here, in the interests of full clarity and fair consideration of the faculty petition, we wish to comment on some points that have arisen in discussions about the Chicago Statement. 

This statement is best understood not as “a series of policies regarding the disinvitation of speakers” but as a set of principles for institutions of higher education.