Statement on academic boycott of Israel

UC President Janet Napolitano made the following statement about the American Studies Association's vote for an academic boycott of Israel:

The University of California prides itself on a rich tradition of free speech and diversity of thought. Universities depend on the unrestrained exchange of ideas, and it is our role to defend academic freedom and our scholars' ability to pursue research of their choice. An academic boycott goes against the spirit of the University of California, which has long championed open dialogue and collaboration with international scholars.