Interim Chancellor Hank Foley releases report on free speech
COLUMBIA - MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley released an interim report Tuesday about the University's commitment to free speech.
The report was submitted by the Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Protests, Public Spaces, Free Speech and the Press. The report said the purpose of the committee was to recommend how public spaces on campus can be regulated while protecting safety, free inquiry and free expression.
The report said MU is committed to "free and open inquiry."
"The University fully respects and supports the freedom of all members of the academy “to discuss any problem that presents itself,” the report said.
It also said MU may restrict expression that violates the law, falsely defames a specific individual, constitutes a genuine threat or harassment, unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests, or is otherwise directly incompatible with the functioning of the University.
Foley said he wanted to thank the committee in a statement.
"I, too, value a commitment to freedom of expression and I am in support of the committee's recommendation, which will now go to the Faculty Council for discussion and vote," Foley said, "I also look forward to the committee's subsequent report, and in the meantime, thank them for their ongoing work on behalf of our university."