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Legally protected speech does not always merit respect

Americans often marvel at strict laws in countries such as Singapore, where chewing gum, littering, jaywalking – and even failing to flush the toilet – are punishable with fines, prison time and in some instances, caning. We cherish our greater freedoms, resist laws and regulations and disparage any legislation that
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Campus must commit to protection of sexual assault survivors

Berkeley National Organization for Women was extremely disappointed to hear that the U.S. secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, intends to rescind the Obama administration’s directive to enhance protections for sexual assault survivors on college campuses. In Secretary Devos’ statement that the current policy represents a “failed system,” she forgot to
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Campus must be defended against hostile private interests

Although the threatened right-wing invasion devolved into the “most expensive photo-op in the university’s history,” this is unlikely to be the last attempt to disrupt our campus. There are lessons to be learned. Freedom of speech is one foundational principle of the public university. Academic freedom is another. Since 1964,
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Campus abides by First Amendment, protects free speech

Chancellor Carol Christ is adhering to the First Amendment and the basic principles of academic freedom in ensuring that controversial speakers can appear on the UC Berkeley campus without endangering the safety of students, staff and faculty. Indeed, UC Berkeley has the chance to be a model for colleges and
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UC Berkeley must defend free speech, promote dialogue

At the climax of the Free Speech Movement 53 years ago, UC Berkeley faculty overwhelmingly resolved that “the content of speech or advocacy should not be restricted by the university” and that “the time, place, and manner of conducting political activity on the campus shall be subject to reasonable regulation
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