On Wednesday, March 15, we alerted the campus community that offensive and anti-Semitic posters were found on campus. Unfortunately, and sadly, additional posters have been found on campus and we write once again to reaffirm that these actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. As stated in our earlier communication, UIC strives to be an environment free of discrimination in all of its forms and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to respect these principles.
Much of the vitality of our campus is because of the diversity of thought and perspectives that exist here. The same laws that allow for that vitality also allow for speech that can be offensive and create discomfort and even fear. Though there are some exceptions to the First Amendment’s protections, they are highly circumscribed and not available to prevent or punish the posting on public bulletin boards of ideas that many find deeply offensive.
What is available is our choice to demonstrate mutual support and respect for each other by coming together to denounce bigotry and hatred. There are also numerous resources and campus organizations to support students, faculty, and staff.
We care deeply about all members of our community and we are committed to maintaining a campus climate that respects tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
Michael D. Amiridis
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Robert A. Barish
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
J. Rex Tolliver
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs