In keeping with the educational objectives of this institution, guest speakers are welcome on the campus for the promotion of an
atmosphere of open exchange and critical evaluation of divergent points of view. No topic or issue is too controversial for intelligent
discussion on the campus ….
In those relatively few instances when a
speaker’s appearance on campus could reflect disadvantageously upon the University, an ad hoc
all-University committee will be formed to weigh the effect upon the University. This will be done
before the actual invitation is extended. The committee will consist of members representing, and
selected by the administration, faculty and student body.
The decision rendered by the committee will be considered as representing the judgment of the
Any contract for speakers or entertainers, including musicians and DJ’s, must be
examined and approved by the Director of Student Activities before the contract can be signed
by a faculty/staff advisor or a member of a student group.
All members of Missouri State University – West Plains, which includes students, faculty, and staff, have the right to freedom of speech and expression. The University encourages a balanced approach in all communications and the inclusion of contrary points of view. This freedom, however, is subject to reasonable restrictions of time, place and manner, as described herein, with such restrictions being applied without discrimination toward the content of the view being expressed, or the speaker.