Freedom of Expression

Nellie Craig Walker Hall

"The Constitutional right to free speech is essential to holding and expressing disparate beliefs and integral to academic freedom.  In a democratic society, the true test of our beliefs and values is how we express and respond to disparate views. We affirm the right and even the obligation of members of our community to speak out about issues with which they disagree, but to do so in a manner that is respectful and does not violate the rights of others. 

Our obligation as students, faculty, and staff is to listen, to understand, and to think critically about issues. This requires a high degree of rigor and intellectual integrity – to not only get the facts right but to understand multiple viewpoints on any given matter." 

-President Gregory Crawford