Standard Practice Guide Policies: Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression

Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression School: University of Michigan – Flint Statement Rating: Green Last updated: December 8, 2017

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Expression of diverse points of view is of the highest importance, not only for those who espouse a cause or position and then defend it, but also for those who hear and pass judgment on that defense. The belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, or in any other way detestable cannot be grounds for its suppression.

When a speech or some form of artistic expression such as a play or concert is prevented by disruptive protest from taking place or concluding, the effect is just as surely an attack on freedom of speech or artistic expression as the deliberate suppression or prohibition of a speaker or artist by authorities.

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