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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | We Should Have Integrity Throughout Instances of Controversy

Re: “The Coalition for Mutual Liberation Threatens to Hurt Cornell From Inside” (opinion, March 8)

In keeping with the Cornell Requirements of Moral Conduct, “an setting that encourages the best degree of integrity from its members is essential to the college.” Integrity right here calls for additional clarification. Oxford Dictionary defines integrity as “the standard of being sincere and having sturdy ethical rules” (I don’t wish to sound too lawyerly, however please bear with me). Honesty with ethical rules requires us to talk up when witnessing ethical wrongdoings. Protest is one technique to do it. Writing is one other approach. There isn’t a proper or incorrect technique to converse up, so long as respect is maintained as the next worth.

A corollary to respect is providing a constructive critique. By this token, I don’t consider accusing a big and various group of scholars who’re exhibiting an sincere and critical dedication to Cornell values of “glorifying terrorism” is a constructive critique. Certainly, nobody is immune from criticism. However, it’s evidently that making false, defamatory accusations towards a gaggle of individuals for talking up towards the horrifying scenes we’re witnessing in Gaza, Sudan and somewhere else on the planet, clearly eliminates beforehand any sincere try to achieve an understanding. If something, it strives to silence and outcast as a substitute of interact and respect. Whereas one doesn’t must agree with each voice heard, one ought to take heed to how their opposition manifests.