In a unanimous vote on the morning of March 23, the University of California Board of Regents’ Committee on Educational Policy adopted a new “Principles Against Intolerance,” condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry on UC college campuses. The full Board of Regents is expected to vote on the propsed principles on Thursday, March 24.
The three-part, 12-page report containing the sections, “Contextual Statement,” “Working Group Observations” and “Principles Against Intolerance” was made public on March 15.
The public draft had been more broad, saying, “Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.” However, prior to the vote, the working group’s members amended the statement to read, “Anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.” The amendment was put forth by UC Board of Regents member Norman Pattiz.
Multiple members of the working group spoke to the committee, saying they amended the text out of concern that not allowing campus expression of “anti-Zionism” could potentially stem legitimate criticism of Israel and thereby limit constitutional rights to free speech.