University of California's efforts to adopt principles against intolerance raise debate

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The latest on a debate over the University of California's first draft of system-wide principles defining intolerance. (all times local):

10 a.m.

The University of California Board of Regents is hearing criticism of the first draft of a system-wide statement of principles defining intolerance.

Many students and alumni of the UC system addressed a board meeting Thursday at UC Irvine, urging regents to include the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism to help fight acts of anti-Semitism on campuses.

Other speakers opposed including the definition, saying it did not represent the position of all Jews.

Speakers in the public comment period focused largely on the issue of anti-Semitism and not broader implications of free speech. Critics had earlier warned that the intolerance declaration would have chilling effects on free speech.

The board itself will discuss the issue later in the day.