Academic Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity

To perform its mission in the society, a university must sustain an extraordinary environment of freedom of inquiry and maintain an independence from political fashions, passions, and pressures.

Kalven report, University of Chicago, 1967
Oregon Campus Freedom Awards 2018-19 (from left): N. Chris Phillips, OAS Member and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oregon; Philip Arola, PSU College Republicans; Blake Horner, PSU Freethinkers; Bruce Gilley, OAS President and Professor of Political Science, Portland State University

Oregonians expect their college campuses to be places of genuine academic freedom and political inclusion. They expect faculty and administrators to encourage all reasonable viewpoints, not just those conforming to their own ideologies. They believe that higher education requires a diversity of ideas and viewpoints above all.