Commitment to Democratic Values

American Colleges and Universities

Our nation’s colleges and universities are built on ideals of a free and democratic society: inclusivity, reasoned debate, and freedom of expression. Any threat to these ideals undermines the academic mission of research and education, and erodes the foundations of our nation and society. When such threats arise, the academic community has a responsibility to defend the values that unite us.

We – faculty, students, and staff of American colleges and universities – affirm that:

  • inclusivity and diversity enrich our society and strengthen our nation;
  • reasoned debate based on facts and knowledge advances civilization;
  • freedom of expression inspires creativity and encourages innovation.

As members of the academic community, we pledge to promote these values on our campuses and beyond.

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