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The Chicago Principles

Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
January 1, 2015 by ACTA Download PDF

A committee of faculty members from across the University of Chicago was convened by President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs, chaired by Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law. They were charged with crafting a statement “articulating the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community.” This report reflects the University of Chicago’s commitment to and tolerance of multiple forms of free expression, an important value of the University and its community. ACTA has long recognized the value of this statement and has worked tirelessly to ensure other institutions enact the Chicago Principles or similar policies.


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