Chapter 28 – Campus Speakers and Programs
It is the policy of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, expressed through the institutions of higher education under its control, to permit students and employees to hear diverse points of view from speakers and programs sponsored by recognized student, faculty, and staff organizations. This policy is entirely consistent with the aims of higher education. It is designed to emphasize that in a democratic society all citizens have not only the right but the obligation to inform themselves on issues of contemporary concern including politics, religion, ethics, and morals. Therefore, the Regents approve the following procedure for effectuating this policy:
- Administration. The President or a committee designated by the President, or both, shall be responsible for the administration of this policy on a particular campus.
- Restrictions. In sponsoring campus speakers and programs, recognized faculty, student, and staff organizations must comply with institutional rules on the reservation of rooms in advance, the posting of notices, and the payment of rental charges when applicable and such other rules as the institution prescribes for the use of its buildings to avoid any interference with the regular program of the institution.
- Conduct of Meetings. Whenever considered appropriate in furtherance of educational objectives, the President or the campus committee may require that at any particular meeting: 1) any speaker be subject to questions from the audience; and 2) the meeting be chaired by a tenured member of the faculty.
- Sponsorship of Meetings. In order to encourage the presentation of diverse points of view on any issue, the President or the campus committee may at any particular meeting or from time to time sponsor, or encourage recognized campus groups to sponsor, additional speakers or programs which will contribute to the full and frank discussion of such an issue.
In the case of academic exercises scheduled by University departments and colleges, the following guidelines are suggested to advise the President or designee in maintaining the orderly processes of the University, academic freedom, and other conditions essential to the learning process:
- If there is reason to believe that a scheduled speaker may be so controversial as to make special arrangements desirable, this fact should be communicated to the chairperson of the Faculty Senate. Such a communication may come from the department or college sponsoring the speaker; or from an administrative officer, faculty member, student, or other interested party.
- Once informed, the chairperson of the Senate will consult with the Committee on University Safety and Security, the sponsoring department or college, together with other appropriate administrative officials and report as soon as possible to the Faculty Council who will then consider whether special arrangements are required in order to safeguard the orderly processes of the University and the principles set forth in the first paragraph.
- If special arrangements are deemed necessary by the Faculty Council, the chairperson will report to the President or designee the conclusions and recommendations of the Faculty Council. The chairperson may also:
- communicate with the speaker and explain the situation;
- request the Committee on University Safety and Security to consider appropriate procedures for the speaker's appearance on campus, or request the sponsoring department or college to do so;
- request the sponsoring college or department to change the location of the program or to restrict attendance to professional specialists only;
- request the President or designee to implement V-28.1c.
- report in writing to the faculty or to the entire University community on the actions being taken, the reasons for such actions, and the rights of the speaker and other persons concerned.