It appears to be a flagrant violation of the First Amendment and the Oregon Constitution, but presumably our leaders think they can use it as a threat against troublesome faculty and students until FIRE brings a lawsuit. My first reaction to this was disbelief, and in case yours is the same I’ve put the working doc below. Here’s the proposed final text, from an email sent to me by one of the authors:
The University of Oregon affirms its commitment to the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of respect for all. A culture of respect and inclusion, both in-person and in online forums that honors the rights, safety, dignity and worth of every individual is essential for this community to thrive and excel. The University further affirms its commitment to the freedom of thought and expression of all its members.
Members of the University of Oregon community are expected to:
- Comply with all applicable student or workplace expectations, including those contained in the Student Conduct Code, University and unit-level policies, relevant collective bargaining agreements, and the annual respectful workplace notice.
- Practice personal and academic integrity and expect it from others.
- Respect the privacy, property, and freedom of others.
- Honor the rights, dignity, essential worth, and well-being of all individuals.
- Reject bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind.
- Value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of students, faculty, and staff.
- Promote academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse.
- Foster equity and inclusion in pursuit of a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.
Failure of a University employee or student to comply with this policy and its associated procedures will subject the person to discipline up to and including termination or expulsion. Discipline will be imposed consistent with applicable University policies, the Student Conduct Code, and/or applicable collective bargaining agreements.