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The Chicago Trifecta


During earlier times of considerable campus turmoil, the University of Chicago's faculty issued three reports dealing with (1) freedom of expression, (2) a university’s involvement in political and social matters, and (3) academic appointments. These three reports are now often referred to as the Chicago Trifecta.


We have compiled the core principles of each of the three reports, using language taken directly from each report, and have posted below copies of those compilations (you will need to click on the arrows to see subsequent pages of each report). PDF versions also have been included at the bottom of this webpage for readers who might want to download copies.


We continue to urge Stanford’s faculty, administration and trustees to adopt all three parts of the Chicago Trifecta as a way to guarantee the type of free speech and critical thinking we believe is essential for a leading university like Stanford.

Principles for Freedom

of Expression

A University's Role in Political

and Social Action

Principles for Academic Appointments

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