Campus Freedom and Responsibility
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1969 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association affirms its adherence to the following principles:
- The unrestricted search for truth requires freedom to examine all questions, to seek ideas and evidence from all sources, to listen to any speaker for information or inspiration.
- The university community has a responsibility and needs the freedom to function as a total social institution — including both itself and the world around it.
- The university's prime function is the education of the students. Education is a mutual responsibility of students and faculty and should involve participation of both groups in the decision-making process.
- Freedom to speak includes the right to express dissent in diverse ways, but does not encompass action to prevent full, open, and orderly debate or to restrict or restrain the freedom of others to speak or to learn. On the contrary, such use of physical disruptions or force is destructive of the pursuit of learning and of a free society.
- Use of oppression, repression, or blind force by institutions, administrations, faculties, or students, is not the answer to any move by students to gain their place in the educational community.