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Letters policy

UC Davis Magazine publishes letters from readers interested in commenting on the magazine’s content or on other campus issues of immediate importance to our audience.

For a magazine to be successful and effective it must provide a forum for dialog, serving as a means of two-way communication with its audience — not only providing information to its readers, but allowing them to communicate with the university and with each other. To ensure that the Letters to the Editor section fulfills that purpose while fulfilling the magazine's charge to promote the mission of the university, the following guidelines apply:


Letters that target individuals for criticism, are libelous or inflammatory will not be accepted for publication. In conformance with the campus's "Principles of Community," letters expressing a diversity of opinion will be allowed, affirming "the right of freedom of expression within our community," recognizing "the right of every individual to think and speak as dictated by personal belief, to express any idea, and to disagree with or counter another's point of view." But, also in conformance with those principles, those views should be expressed with "civility and decency … within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect."

Letters that address topics beyond the scope of the magazine’s coverage or the immediate interest of our alumni and parent audience will not be accepted for publication.

If space does not allow inclusion of all letters received before an issue’s publication, letters will be selected that cover a range of topics and opinions, with priority given to letters holding greater interest and importance for our readers. The number of letters on one subject may be limited.

Anonymous letters will not be published.


Letters should be timely. If they address articles appearing in the magazine, they will not be accepted for publication later than two issues following the appearance of the original article.

Format and style

Letters should be short (less than 250 words); longer letters may be edited for length.

Letters will be edited for grammatical accuracy and stylistic consistency.

Editor's notes

Editor's notes will be used to correct inaccurate information or misperceptions contained in letters. Editor's notes will not be used to contradict an opinion.