To the Editor:
Several incidents of students feeling intimidated and threatened by others who disagree with their views regarding the war in Iraq have been reported within the last two days. Some of our students’ behavior regarding their views about the war in Iraq has been felt by other to promote fear, xenophobia, religious bigotry and racism on campus. Such behavior cannot be tolerated here at Yale.
Our freedom of speech does not entitle us to intimidate and harass those with whom we disagree. We must as a university community engage our differences as well as our similarities in an atmosphere of safety and respect for one another. Anyone who has been found to violate the common rules that makes Yale a civil and safe place to live and work should be reprimanded and if necessary face additional disciplinary action.
Frederick J. Streets
April 10, 2003
The writer is the University Chaplain.