Today, anti-Semitic posters were found on campus that defame, insult and negatively portray Jewish members of our campus community. Such actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. Acts that invoke hatred or violence toward members of our community will not be tolerated on our campus.
This event makes it necessary for us to reaffirm our collective commitment to two fundamental principles: the first is the importance of tolerance, inclusion and diversity to our university community and the second is the right to free expression that ensures we are a place of open inquiry and learning. Both of these principles are fundamental to who we are and what we aspire to be as a university.
As we investigate this recent event, we strongly encourage all members of our university to exercise their right to free speech in a manner that recognizes these principles and avoids prejudice or stereotypes. Doing otherwise hurts our community as a whole. It is imperative that we be a welcoming environment for all our students, faculty and staff. UIC strives to be an environment free of invidious discrimination in all of its forms, including discrimination based on race, color, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship status, gender identity and sexual orientation. All are welcome at UIC and we care equally about every member of our community.
Michael D. Amiridis
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Robert A. Barish
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
J. Rex Tolliver
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs