The University of California, Berkeley is organizing a boycott of classes ahead of their scheduled “free speech week.”
The boycott follows conservative speaker Ben Shapiro’s visit to the university, after months of the school canceling conservative speakers.
Per Free Beacon:
Over 200 University of California, Berkeley professors and faculty are calling for the shutdown of classes and activities during “free speech week,” an event scheduled Sept. 24 to 27 that features some “alt-right” speakers.
“Therefore, as faculty committed to the safety of our students and our campus, we are calling for a complete boycott of all classes and campus activities while these Alt-Right events are taking place at the very center of UC Berkeley’s campus,” the letter said.
The professors seem to think that if students will suffer by hearing a different opinion:
The faculty believes the university should not ask students and staff to choose between “risking their physical and mental safety,” and coming to campus for class or work.
“As faculty we cannot ask students and staff to choose between risking their physical and mental safety in order to attend class or come to work in an environment of harassment, intimidation, violence, and militarized policing,” the letter said.
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Although the school acknowledges constitutionally they are required to allow people the opportunity to speak freely, they are content organizing the boycott:
The faculty and staff who wrote the letter acknowledged UC Berkeley is “bound by the Constitution to allow all viewpoints on campus,” but also said there are “forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment.”
“We recognize that as a public institution, we are legally bound by the Constitution to allow all viewpoints on campus. However, there are forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment,” the letter said. “These include speech that presents imminent physical danger and speech that disrupts the university’s mission to educate.”
University Chancellor Carol Christ addressed the campus free speech issues in an interview Thursday.
“Free speech has itself become controversial,” she said.