3.1.1 Freedom of Inquiry and Expression

The freedoms of inquiry and expression are vital to the educational mission of the university; and are central to shared governance, and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.  Consequently, members of the University Community are free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them, and are free to express ideas publicly and privately. They are free to support causes by orderly means, including peaceful assembly or advocacy, which do not infringe upon the rights of others (see 4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.4 & C.B.A. II).   

Members of the University Community are allowed to invite, to hear, and to see speakers, creative performers, and artistic presentations of their own choosing. Guest appearances must not interfere with the University's regular instructional, research, and service programs. Except for ceremonial occasions, invited speakers and presenters should be prepared for a public discussion of their expressed views.

Invited speakers and presenters are accorded the full protection appropriate to a university community. Individuals or groups who engage in actions designed to obstruct or to prevent a speaker or presenter from speaking, presenting, or displaying any form of artistic expression are subject to discipline and to financial responsibility in the event of damage to property or person (see 4.2.4).

The institutional control of campus facilities is not to be used as a device of censorship. Sponsorship of guest speakers and presenters does not imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed, either by the sponsoring unit or the University.  (Faculty Senate, 12/94)