University statement on the remarks of Professor Erik Loomis

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The University of Rhode Island respects the rights and dignity of each individual and group. The University strongly condemns statements or actions that may be perceived as encouraging or condoning violence or harm to others. However, the University must recognize that faculty have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities as other American citizens. The University honors and respects the right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment for all citizens, including our faculty, without censorship or retaliation.

In accordance with the University Manual, the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom and Tenure, and the URI/AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, faculty also have a special obligation to show due respect for the opinions of others and to “exercise critical self-discipline and judgment” and “appropriate restraint” in transmitting their personal opinions. 

Mr. Loomis is not authorized to speak on behalf of the University and his personal view in this case does not represent a position of the University in any way whatsoever.

Mr. Loomis’ opinions are his own and do not reflect the Cornerstone Values of the University of Rhode Island.