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EIU and its constitituents are committed to supporting and fostering a campus climate where University community members are given opportunities to express, engage, listen, learn, and challenge. We are an institution that values and celebrates freedom of expression/speech. 

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Free Expression

As members of the University community, you have the right to express ideas and opinions freely through writing, displays, rallies, sit-ins, forums, vigils, petitions, etc while adhering to EIU's policies, procedures, and applicable laws. EIU does not tolerate threats made toward individuals or hate speech attacking a person or group based on race, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EIU's designated free speech area is the Library Quad (in between the library and the MLK Jr. Union). Students can reserve a space on campus through forms found on the campus scheduling page or by calling 217-581-3861.

Expressing Disagreement

Opposing views are to be expected whenever a member of the University community or public expresses an opinion through their choice of means. EIU is dedicated to providing a safe and educational environment, and encourages disagreements to be grounds for respectful, meaningful interactions and discussions.

Suggestions for appropriately expressing disagreement:

  • Comply with University policies and local, state, and federal policies
  • Engage in peaceful, non-disruptive protest
  • Refrain from excessive disruption; blocking exits/entrances, interrupting University classes, impeding pedestrian or vehicle traffic - such activities are prohibited
  • Write letters to local or school newspaper, administrators, individuals, political representatives, groups, etc.
  • Practice empathy when communicating with others who may be hurt/offended by another's demonstration

EIU Statement on Free Expression

Statements, arguments, and counterarguments from members of the University community and/or public cannot be assumed to reflect the University's values. Official statements from University officials will be labeled as such.

Additional Resources

Issues regarding free expression are complex and only briefly explained on this page. For further elaboration or counsel regarding specific issues, consider utilizing these campus resources.


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Contact Information

Anne G. Flaherty, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

1031 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

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