UC San Diego Condemns Antisemitism

UC San Diego unequivocally condemns antisemitism and other forms of invidious discrimination. We recognize and acknowledge the long and tragic history of violence against the Jewish community and firmly oppose anyone who promotes hatred.

We are proud that UC San Diego is home to a diverse group of people with different experiences, opinions, perspectives and points of view. This rich diversity of people helps further UC San Diego's ability to foster an environment in which all people are included and given an equal opportunity to learn, explore and interact with new and challenging ideas.

As a public university, UC San Diego is governed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which guarantees the right of free expression to all people. Freedom of expression and freedom of inquiry are paramount in a public research university and form the bedrock on which our mission of discovery is found. For that reason, the university vigorously defends the principles of the First Amendment and academic freedom. Each member of the university community is entitled to speak, to be heard, and to be engaged based on the merits of their views. This is true for speech we support, and it is true for speech we strenuously oppose.

It is a great disappointment that some speakers on our campus may choose to exercise their right to free speech by advancing antisemitic points of view, and while those speakers have a right to be heard, they do not have a right to be free from criticism. Please visit our Freedom of Expression website to learn more about free speech.

This week, we were greatly disappointed to receive reports of antisemitic behavior and vandalism on our campus. This is not acceptable and goes against our Principles of Community. The incidents aimed at our Jewish students not only hurt them deeply, but also hurt our entire community and undermined our shared commitment to inclusive excellence.

Ending bigotry and racism starts with each of us. Please join UC San Diego as we stand with our Jewish students and the Jewish community in denouncing all forms of antisemitism. Our campus is a celebrated home to diverse students, faculty, staff and organizations with a wide range of interests, ideas and points of view. We are committed to making sure everyone in our campus community feels that they belong and that they matter. This is our commitment to ourselves and to each other.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Becky R. Petitt
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion