BOT 701: Speakers on Campus

It is the policy of Michigan State University to foster a spirit of free inquiry and to encourage the timely discussion of a wide variety of issues, provided that the views expressed are stated openly and therefore are subject to critical evaluation. Restraints on free inquiry should be held to that minimum which is consistent with preserving an organized society in which peaceful, democratic means for change are available. Therefore, recognized student organizations are encouraged to invite speakers to the campus subject only to the following provisions:

  1. The speaker must not urge the audience to take action which is prohibited by the rules of the University or which is illegal under federal or Michigan law. Advocating or urging the modification of the government of the United States or of the State of Michigan by violence or sabotage is specifically prohibited. It is the responsibility of the student organization to inform speakers of these prohibitions.
  2. Sponsorship must be by a student organization which has been recognized under the general regulations approved by the appropriate University authorities.
  3. For purposes of preserving a record of all such public meetings and of coordinating them with the calendar of other activities taking place on University property, the sponsoring organization must (a) make all arrangements for reservation of space with the appropriate University officials, and (b) complete a form to be furnished by the appropriate University office indicating, among other things, the subject to be discussed, the names of all speakers and the time and place of the meeting, the form to be certified by the signature of the appropriate officer of the organization. All rules for administration of requests from registered student organizations must conform to this policy. It shall be the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, or designee, to certify that all appropriate steps have been taken before the event is officially scheduled.
  4. Any student organization violating the provisions of the Bylaws is subject only to the procedures and penalties applicable to students and student organizations that violate other University rules.

Enacted: 12/14/62

Retired Policy No. 06-09-01