On behalf of the faculty and staff in the University Libraries, I wish to reaffirm our commitment to fostering mutual respect, inclusion and intellectual freedom. These are cornerstones in the great tradition of American libraries, principles our profession has codified in our Code of Ethics and integral to the core values we embrace as an organization.
In our services and spaces you will find a welcoming, inclusive environment irrespective of your background or beliefs. In the libraries you are invited to seek knowledge openly and engage in respectful conversation and exchange of ideas. The key is being respectful of one another, and, thus, we will not tolerate those whose intent is to harass or intimidate.
To each and every one of our students, regardless of where you come from, who you are or what you believe, we are glad you are here and part of our community.
Together, we enrich one another's lives and make possible our common pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
James F Williams II,
Dean of Libraries