Saint Vincent College: Administration Seizes Control Over Speaker Invitations

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Saint Vincent College

On April 19, 2022, Saint Vincent College announced a new policy requiring the college president and his cabinet to approve all college-sponsored speaker appearances following controversy over a guest speaker at a faculty-run conference on campus. FIRE wrote to the college on April 22 explaining this sweeping prior review violates the college’s explicit guarantees of academic freedom and expressive rights to faculty and students. The college is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which requires that accredited institutions promise core expressive rights.