In too many college and university campuses, the academic and social climate discourages heterodox views and questions.
Our annual Campus Expression Survey shows that nearly two-thirds of students are reluctant to share their views in class, fear peer retribution for heterodox views, and worry that their perspectives will be labeled “offensive” by other members of the community. These statistics highlight the shadow threat to viewpoint diversity that exists across campuses.
We believe campuses, classrooms, and research labs must be spaces wherein climates of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement thrive. This means invited speakers should be heard and met with rigorous and respectful engagement, no one on campus should be compelled to express particular views on contested questions, and The HxA Way is common and expected practice across modes of engagement on campus.
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