free speech

  1. January 16, 2024

    University adopts statement on diversity of thought, freedom of speech

    U-M has adopted principles on diversity of thought and free speech, “guided by the letter and spirit of the First Amendment” and “consistent with our commitment to nurturing a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.”

  2. January 15, 2024

    Board of Regents schedules special meeting for Jan. 16

    The Board of Regents will conduct a special meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 to vote on a statement regarding free speech. It follows a public feedback period on a draft statement of principles.

  3. November 12, 2023

    Academic freedom lecturer addresses censorship threats

    Jonathan Friedman of PEN America highlighted the impact on higher education of increased legislation censoring the teaching of race, gender and sexuality in public schools.

  4. October 19, 2023

    DRAFT: University of Michigan Principles on Diversity of Thought and Freedom of Expression

    Text of the statement outlining U-M’s principles on diversity of thought and freedom of expression.

  5. October 13, 2023

    President’s statement: Campus safety is our top priority

    In a message to the U-M community, President Santa J. Ono said that in the wake of Mideast violence, students, faculty, staff and visitors should be assured their safety is a top priority.

  6. March 14, 2022

    Palestinian discourse cited as example of free-speech erosion

    Censorship of discourse about Palestine on college campuses and elsewhere was the topic at U-M’s Davis, Markert, and Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.

  7. November 3, 2021

    U-M issues statement following classroom incident

    The university has issued a statement saying it strongly supports free speech and academic freedom, and also works hard to establish an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students.

  8. September 27, 2020

    Schlissel, Collins issue statement on executive order

    President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins have issued a statement in response to the Trump administration’s recent executive order on combating race and sex stereotyping.

  9. September 19, 2018

    U-M faculty discuss reclaiming oppressive language

    A group of U-M faculty members recently gathered for a panel discussion focused on the commercial use of derogatory terms used against targeted groups.

  10. August 21, 2018

    WeListen staff series works to cultivate respectful conversations

    Staff members recently participated in an event focused on cultivating an environment for respectful conversations among people with opposing views on important social and political topics.