Free Speech Policy

By August 28, 2013

B. Freedom of Speech and Inquiry in a Catholic Institution
Intellectual inquiry and pursuit of truth is at the core of the institution’s Catholic tradition and values. As such, students are encouraged to:

1. express their views in a reasonable manner;

2. examine and discuss all questions of interest to them;

3. take seriously the right to learn in the spirit of free inquiry; and

4. be informed of the purposes of all research in which they are expected or encouraged to participate, either as subject or researchers.

All students and recognized groups have the right to hold public meetings and, with prior approval from the Division of Student Affairs, may post authorized notices on approved bulletin boards on the University campus.

Free Speech Policy

August 7, 2013

by Kim Carapucci

WCTV Valdosta


A watchdog group is happy now that a local university has changed its free speech policy. Eyewitness News reporter Kim Carapucci has more.

Valdosta State University considers itself a pretty liberal school.

VSU President Patrick Schloss: “We believe strongly in free speech and open access.”

But over the past year, it’s been accused of violating students’ rights to free speech.

In March of 2007, a student was kicked of the school when he spoke out against a proposed parking garage on campus.

The school’s former policy said if a person wanted to express their opinions on campus, they had to follow a strict series of procedures.

William Creeley from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

“They can’t quarantine free speech on campus. You can’t have so many hurdles that students have to jump through before engaging free expression.”

But now, VSU’s president Patrick Schloss has drawn up a new free speech policy. The old policy restricted free speech on its outdoor stage to only two hours a day. Now, under the new policy, organizations can express their opinions whenever they want.”

Free speech advocates say this change was needed.

Creeley: “It’s amazing what a difference new leadership can make. We’re very pleased that President Schloss has taken this step.”

And many students agree.

VSU Student Trevor Smith: ” It just says a lot about our university. It shows they’re gonna be more tolerant of things like that.”

VSU Student Jasmine Coker:
“That they’re willing to try different things and they’re very open.”

V-S-U President Schloss says the new policy clarifies the old policy by giving actual examples of free speech.

View this article at WCTV Valdosta.

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