Like many of you, we have been following what has been going on at other campuses and in our own Stanford community around issues of speech and expression. We have been reflecting on how we at Stanford can advance both our unwavering commitment to the free expression of ideas and our equally steadfast goal of an inclusive community.Read more about Advancing free speech and inclusion
President’s Statements on Academic Freedom and Free Expression
This page provides links to President Tessier-Lavigne’s statements and writings on academic freedom and free expression, beginning with “Advancing Free Speech and Inclusion,” a piece he authored with Provost Persis Drell in 2017.
Academic freedom and free expression are central to the academic mission of the university, as well as to the inclusive culture we wish to support and nurture. In recent years, our community’s discussions of these topics have included speech that may be offensive or hurtful to individuals or groups; consideration of outside speakers; requests for the university to make statements about the views of faculty members that some deem objectionable; concerns about the ability of individuals to share varying perspectives without fear of recrimination; and concerns about doxing and other forms of speech that seek to silence the speech of others.
These and other topics are addressed in the links below. Additional resources on these issues are available on the Free Speech website.
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Persis Drell, writing in The Stanford Daily, address student concerns regarding the Cardinal Conversations series and an appearance by Charles Murray.Read more about A letter on Cardinal Conversations
A Stanford Report story explores how differences of opinion about the best approaches to fighting COVID-19 have prompted concerns among faculty members about how policies regarding academic freedom at the university should be applied.Read more about Academic freedom questions arise over COVID-19 strategy conflicts
Stanford Magazine reports on academic freedom in the university.Read more about Stanford Magazine: ‘Says Who’
Remarks of President Tessier-Lavigne as part of a Campus Conversation with the Stanford community.Read more about Remarks on our campus climate for discussing divergent views
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne made these comments at the Faculty Senate meeting on June 10, 2021.Read more about Faculty Senate remarks on speech that limits others’ speech
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne made these comments at the Faculty Senate meeting on June 24, 2021.Read more about President’s remarks to Faculty Senate on identity-based attacks
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne discussed issues of free speech in a podcast with The Stanford Daily.Read more about Podcast discussion with President Tessier-Lavigne on free speech
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Dean Debra Satz of the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences issued this statement about a paid advertising campaign on social media targeting a faculty member for expressing views related to his academic work.Read more about Statement of Stanford president, H&S dean on academic freedom