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City Images values academic freedom and free speech as they must be fundamental principles within all educational institutions.

These principles not only foster a robust exchange of ideas but also uphold the integrity and mission of colleges and universities. It's essential for schools, both public and private, to protect these freedoms and ensure that all viewpoints are respected and not subject to censorship or disproportionate punishment.

Furthermore, safeguarding students, faculty and everyone from discriminatory harassment and violence is paramount to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment. Policies should be in place to address such incidents promptly and effectively without allowance for destruction.

While reasonable protest policies are necessary to maintain order, they mustn't unduly restrict students' ability to express themselves. Additionally, the presence of armed police on campus should be a measure of last resort, as it can potentially escalate tensions and endanger students. Journalists must continue to:

  • Seek truth and report it: Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
  • Minimize harm: Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect. The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.
  • Be accountable and transparent: Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.

It's commendable to advocate for universities to resist external pressures, particularly from politicians or radical forces, who may seek to exploit campus tensions for their agendas.

By standing firm in defense of academic freedom and free speech, universities can uphold their integrity and commitment to fostering intellectual discourse and learning.

SCOTUS has forcefully rejected the premise that “because of the acknowledged need for order, First Amendment protections should apply with less force on college campuses than in the community at large.”