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We Stand Against Bias

We have received reports of anti-Semitic language shared anonymously on social media platforms in the vicinity of Isla Vista and the UCSB campus. Actions or speech motivated by any form of bigotry have no place in the discourse of a great university such as UC Santa Barbara. I wish to remind everyone of our Principles of Community, and I ask that each of us review the standards to which we hold each other accountable as members of this campus. 

As a public University we must uphold the rights to freedom of expression enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. At the same time, we also must embrace – and hold ourselves and each other to – the highest ideals of community, peaceful disagreement, productive discourse, and respect for our shared humanity. It’s up to each of us to ensure that our community is safe and welcoming for all. While members of our community will not always agree with each other, we must do so in a way that affords the dignity each of us deserves. 

The UCSB Grow website has many resources to engage in self-education on topics of identity and community, including topics related to anti-Semitism. If this is a topic you are not familiar with, please take some time to review these resources. 

To students impacted by this speech, please know that there are many resources on campus to support your wellbeing. Wellbeing.ucsb.edu offers a comprehensive list of resources, and if you need, please remember that Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available  to you at no cost, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (805) 893-4411 (press 2 to speak with a clinician).

In Community,

Katya Armistead, Assistant Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students  

Margaret Klawunn, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 

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