Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Message From Dean Gerken on the March 10 Protest - Yale Law School

Dean Heather K. Gerken sent the following message to Yale Law School students, staff, and faculty on March 28.

Dear Members of the Community:

As we return from spring recess, I write to reflect on the protest that occurred earlier this month at the Law School. Shortly before break, a group of students protested the Federalist Society’s decision to bring a speaker from Alliance Defending Freedom to campus because of the organization’s position on LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage and the treatment of transgender people. Under the University’s free expression policy, student groups have every right to invite speakers to campus, and others have every right to voice opposition. Our commitment to free speech is clear and unwavering. Because unfettered debate is essential to our mission, we allow people to speak even when their speech is flatly inconsistent with our core values.

In accordance with the University’s free expression policy, which includes a three-warning protocol, those protesting exited the room after the first warning, and the event went forward. Had the protestors shut down the event, our course of action would have been straightforward — the offending students without question would have been subject to discipline. Although the students complied with University policies inside the event, several students engaged in rude and insulting behavior as the event began; a number made excessive noise in our hallways that interfered with several events taking place; and some refused to listen to our staff.


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Yale can never thrive until it cuts its links to its slave-trader founder.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 30, 2022 11:57:34 AM

Where is S.I. Hayakawa when we need him? A giant of free speech (at 5'2").

Posted by: Greg | Mar 30, 2022 2:47:25 PM