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Freedom of Expression

Monmouth College affirms its belief in and commitment to freedom of expression, discussion, and inquiry in the following statement of policy

Any faculty member or student organization recognized by the faculty may invite any speaker and may use the facilities of the College, provided (a) that the scheduling of the speaker's appearance does not conflict unduly with other events on the College calendar; (b) that the sponsoring organization provides assurance that it can defray the expense of the speaker; and (c) that the speaker agrees to a question-and-answer period following the address.

It should be recognized that the invitation to an individual to speak to a segment of the College community does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker or of his or her views or actions by the College.

Monmouth College also supports the right of each of its members to examine, discuss, and support issues and express opinions within limitations set by local, state, and national statutes. Issues related to our academic community are always open for discussion, definition, and review. The College's academic process and its related functions and activities may not be disrupted, however. An orderly and rational examination of local and global issues, objectives and values, and of educational and social systems is expected.

Members of the College are also expected to make effective use of existing channels of communication to review limitations, policies and procedures, and to resolve grievances. Procedures that are disruptive to the academic process can be destructive to the pursuit of learning, to individual freedom of expression, and, potentially, to a free society. All members of the community are urged to protect the academic community from such tactics.

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