I have written to the Wall Street Journal to express my dissatisfaction with their summary of my interview last week. In particular, the following paragraph contains an inaccurate summary:
Wall Street Journal:
“Students at the new school “are going to be totally free to express their views,” but they won’t be allowed to organize political protests on campus, said Pericles Lewis, the college’s new president, in an interview last week.”
Actual transcript of interview shows I said the following:
“People are going to be totally free to express their views on the war in Afghanistan, or anything else if they wanted, but in terms of organized protests heading off campus, they would have to obey Singaporean laws. But I think there will be a lot of opportunities for people to have political debates in the classroom and as well as outside the classroom. People can have groups to discuss politics on campus, you can discuss political parties but not establish political parties on campus.”
Political debate will be part of Yale-NUS campus activity. Academic freedom will be protected, and a non-discrimination policy is in place. Yale-NUS will not place restrictions on political speech or activity beyond those of Singaporean law.
President, Yale-NUS College