In March of this year, six undergraduate members of the UCI’s student-government Legislative Council passed a bill that banned hanging a flag from any nation in the common lobby area of the student government offices. The legislation was vetoed by the Executive Cabinet of the student government within days.
This decision was not endorsed or supported in any way by the campus leadership, the University of California, or the broader student body. The views of a handful of students passing a resolution do not represent the opinions of the nearly 30,000 students on this campus, and have no influence on the administrative policies and practices of the university.
The American flag has always flown proudly throughout our campus and will continue to do so.
We hold the value of intellectual inquiry and the free and rigorous exchange of ideas as bedrock values of institutions of higher education. And yet, we are constantly reminded that those values we cherish are in part, guaranteed by the sacrifices made and the struggles waged to secure the freedom and democracy that the flag symbolizes. UCI never takes that for granted.
Chancellor Howard Gillman’s opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times
Chancellor Howard Gillman’s March 8, 2015, statement
Associated student government March 7, 2015, veto of legislation