UC Irvine actively engages the community to foster a civil dialogue on campus. The exercise and protection of freedom of speech and expression are at the core of the university’s mission of teaching, research and public service. Equally so is our commitment to modeling respectful dialogue. The following activities are examples of our ongoing efforts to address free speech, academic freedom and civility in a multitude of venues including programs, meetings, social gatherings and public statements.
UCI is committed to building success in First Amendment expression through the practice of Constructive Engagement. The five principles for Constructive Engagement are
- Active engagement
- Deliberate socialization
- Unique teachable moment
- Collaborative cross-divisional planning
- Mutual and permeable boundaries
Constructive Engagement is based upon the foundations of personal engagement, community safety and mutually agreed upon use of university facilities, and the commitment to intervene at the least intrusive level.