|1.|| As an institution of higher learning devoted to the search for
truth in a democratic society the University of Washington is dedicated to the
maintenance and expression of a spirit of free inquiry. For its students, accordingly,
it promotes the development of an atmosphere of open exchange and of conditions
conducive to critical evaluation of divergent points of view.
|2.|| The University also recognizes and accepts a responsibility to
insure that such inquiry is conducted in a manner which furthers the educational
objectives of the institution, namely, the open minded, objective evaluation and
dissemination of knowledge.
|3.|| Student organizations officially recognized by the University may
therefore invite speakers to the campus to address their own membership and other
interested students and staff providing suitable space is available and there is no
interference with the regularly scheduled program of the University. The appearance
of such speakers on the campus implies neither approval nor disapproval of them or
their viewpoints by the University. In the case of speakers who are candidates for
political office, equal opportunities shall be available to opposing candidates if
desired by them. Speakers are subject to the normal considerations for law and order
and to the specific limitations imposed by the state Constitution which prohibits
religious worship, exercise, or instruction on state property.
|4.||In order to insure an atmosphere of open exchange and to insure that
the educational objectives of the University are not obscured, the President in a case
attended by extreme emotional feeling may prescribe conditions for the conduct of
the meeting, such as requiring a designated tenured member of the faculty as chair,
or requiring permission for comments and questions from the floor. Likewise the
President may encourage the appearance of one or more additional speakers at the
meeting in question or at a subsequent meeting so that other points of view may be
|5.|| The President shall prescribe the length of time and form of notice
required prior to the holding of all meetings to be addressed by outside speakers and
may designate representatives to recommend conditions for the conduct of particular
|6.|| The Office of Student Affairs has been designated to represent the
President in the implementation of this policy, to process forms and to advise on
situations where special conditions should be imposed. When a student organization
wishes to sponsor the appearance of a non-University speaker or speakers on the
University campus, the sponsoring organization must file with the Office of Student
Affairs at least three school days (not including the day of the event) prior to the
scheduled meeting, a form indicating its intent and providing information regarding
the arrangements, including date, time, place, topic to be discussed, the name of
the speaker, sufficient biographical data regarding the speaker to identify him or her clearly, the name of the proposed chair or moderator, and other pertinent
|7.|| The Office of the President will prescribe, where necessary, special
conditions for the conduct of particular meetings.
|8.||To avoid scheduling conflicts, the ASUW Program Panel will review
and approve the dates and times of meetings which are open to persons other than
members of the sponsoring organization.
|9.|| Sponsoring organizations are responsible for making room reservations
and other arrangements for their meetings and for any expense occasioned by their
meetings. Assistance in making room reservations and other arrangements will be given
by staff persons in the ASUW Activities Office.
|June 1, 1972.|
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