A Message from Interim Chancellor Hexter to the Campus Community

11.16.16

Dear UC Davis Campus Community Members,
 
Earlier this week, posters questioning the value of diversity were placed on campus buildings. Per UC Davis policy (PPM 310-27), “Flyers and other information may not be posted on buildings, walls, windows, trees, blackboards, or other surfaces not specifically intended for such use.” Postings that violate this policy, including those posted this week, will be removed by campus administration.
 
Our UC Davis Principles of Community state:
 
"We confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, age, visible and non-visible disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, religious/non-religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socio-economic class, status within or outside the university, or any of the other differences among people which have been excuses for misunderstanding, dissension or hatred. We recognize and cherish the richness contributed to our lives by our diversity. We take pride in all our achievements, and we celebrate our differences."
 
Because hostile and harassing content also can be shared digitally, we want to make you aware of how you can report it. If you receive such a message via email or social media, please send a notification to abuse@ucdavis.edu. If you believe you have experienced or witnessed an act of hate, bias, discrimination or harassment, please visit http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu to report it, or go to http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu/report/report-form.cfm.
 
In addition, as a university leader, it is my obligation to challenge discrimination whenever it emerges within our university community.  Although the First Amendment may give someone the right to criticize UC Davis’ proud commitment to diversity, it also gives me the right to condemn messages such as the ones we were subjected to this week.  These posters were designed to fuel hatred directed at virtually every member of our campus community.  I encourage vigorous discussion of difficult issues, and I welcome all points of view, but I will not remain silent when confronted with messages designed to stifle discussion by promoting fear and intolerance.

Sincerely,

Ralph J. Hexter
Interim Chancellor