President, provost share resources on freedom of speech

Oct. 23, 2019


Members of the UNH community,

The political season is in full swing in New Hampshire.  We all have a front row seat at UNH to participate in our political process. We hope that each of you takes advantage of the many opportunities to attend events with candidates and groups, and to exercise your right to vote in 2020. We also hope that debate about the pressing issues of our time occurs in a civil manner, even when—especially when—we disagree with each other.

Debate and argument are important elements on a college campus. The University of New Hampshire is steadfastly loyal both to academic freedom and freedom of speech. Two good sources for all of us to review are from professors Cornel West and Robert George, "Truth Seeking, Democracy and Freedom of Thought and Expression" and the University of Chicago principles. Use them as guides this season as we engage others in political discussions. And please review the protocols we use for public talks at UNH as well as the conduct rules in the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, Article III, Section 7.  Following these principles will make UNH an example to the nation about how we can respect each other on a college campus in a fractious time.

James W. Dean Jr.

Wayne Jones