After The Daily Californian published an open letter Tuesday written by former UC Berkeley School of Law dean Sujit Choudhry, who was found by a campus investigation to have violated UC sexual harassment policy, many readers expressed discontent with our decision to publish his letter.
The opinion section of the Daily Cal, like that of many newspapers, publishes fact-checked letters and op-eds written and submitted by members of the community. These pieces do not represent the opinions of the Daily Cal, its staff or the Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Company, Inc. In a March editorial, the Daily Cal’s Senior Editorial Board condemned Choudhry’s actions and his resulting light punishment. The publication of others’ beliefs, however — even those that are unpopular and contentious — is fundamental to a multifaceted dialogue on pressing matters related to the campus and city.
We always have and will continue to encourage our readers to submit letters to the editor when they have thoughts about content published in the Daily Cal. Such submissions are an effective way to voice opinions on our various articles, columns and op-eds, among other content. We also welcome readers to alert us to factual inaccuracies if they arise.
To have your opinion piece considered for publication in the Daily Cal, email your piece to [email protected].
We have included previously published opinion content on Choudhry’s conduct and the resulting sanctions below.
- Editorial: Sexual harassment culture at UC Berkeley must end
- Op-ed: A letter to the community from Claude Steele
- Op-ed: Sexual harassment
- Op-ed: Recursive silencing of sexual harassment victims perpetuates cycle of abuse
- Op-ed: Campus sexual violence culture shows structural failure
- Column: The art of consent
- Column: A campus of contradictions
Michelle Pitcher is the editor in chief, Andrea Platten is the managing editor, and Karim Doumar is the opinion editor. Contact the opinion desk at [email protected].