2/14/2017 Peter Durantine

College Approves Statement on Freedom of Expression

Franklin & Marshall College has approved a statement on freedom of expression, outlining an approach that “encourages members of the College community to express their views freely, and freely to take issue with views with which they disagree.”

“All across the country, we are witnessing campus conversations about the American tradition of free expression—a tradition that is vital in order for members of a learning community to be able to develop new ideas and take part in discussions about all issues, including those that may be difficult, uncomfortable or controversial,” F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield told the College’s students, faculty and staff on February 14.

The College's statement, endorsed by the faculty in December and approved by the Board of Trustees last week, states that F&M seeks “to foster the climate of inclusiveness that is most conducive to freedom of expression in the pursuit of knowledge,” and notes that this freedom “does not extend to harassment, threats, or speech that is used primarily to deprive others of their freedom to learn and participate in our community.”   

“We are sharing this important statement of principles with the entire community in the hope that you will discuss it, and that you will always work to uphold freedom of inquiry and expression,” Porterfield said.

Read more of President Porterfield's message to the community and access the statement on freedom of expression [here].

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