For a pioneering cross-cultural initiative such as the Yale-NUS College, diverse views and debate are natural and to be expected. Nevertheless, we are disappointed by the resolution that was passed at the Yale College faculty meeting and the manner in which many of the views were expressed in the days prior to the vote. They do not reflect the spirit of open-mindedness, mutual respect and genuine desire for understanding that should characterise liberal education and cross-cultural collaborations for the advancement of worthy educational goals.
The issues of academic freedom and non-discrimination had been extensively discussed with Yale previously, and agreement reached to the satisfaction of both Yale and NUS. The College is committed to uphold the principles of academic freedom and open inquiry. The College’s policies and judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals on their qualifications and abilities will be consistent with NUS’ and Yale’s policies on non-discrimination.