E-Mail from DePaul President Dennis Holtschneider to FIRE, December 21, 2005

From: Holtschneider, Fr. Dennis [mailto:PRESIDENT@depaul.edu]

Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 5:49 PM

To: david@thefire.org

Subject: Note from DePaul University

Dear Mr. French,

I saw the posting on your Web site today and looked into the issue you highlighted regarding the policy revision for posting flyers. You are correct that a new bullet was recently added indicating that flyers promoting “propaganda” will not be accepted. I have been advised that it was added in an attempt to refine the policy. Our administrators agree that it did not fulfill this goal, and I have asked for it to be removed and the policy to be reviewed for additional clarification.

I stand by the intent of my letter, which was to convey DePaul’s respect for freedom of speech and role in providing outlets for conversations between individuals with a variety of viewpoints.


Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.

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