Guest Speaker Policy
Recognizing the fact
that members of the academic community bring with them varied interests,
Millikin University is determined to encourage free discussion on
subjects of interest to members of our campus community. It is
essential that student organizations, recognized by the University, be
free to select the persons they wish to invite as guest speakers with no
restrictions designed directly or indirectly to control the viewpoints
of the speakers other than those specified below.
The University sets
down the following guidelines to insure the University against damage or
interference with its overall educational program.
address of a guest speaker must not violate the restrictions on the
freedom of speech that are imposed by law for public security.
presented by guest speakers should be open to free discussion. Meetings
addressed by guest speakers on subjects of public interest or concern,
as distinct from properly private business of the organization, should
be made known to the University community prior to the appearance.
of guest speakers on campus should be done as far in advance as
possible. Dates and times should be cleared through the Office of
Student Programs and Campus Scheduling. A minimum of two weeks should be
allowed for this purpose. Any contracts related to the speaking events
must also be reviewed by the Director of Student Programs. Students may
not sign contractual agreements.
is recommended that student organizations select guest speakers to
promote the objectives of their organization; however the student
organizations are expected to use their best efforts to avoid publicity
or public controversy harmful to the University. If a guest speaker is
harmful to the University, the said organization may be subject to a
reevaluation of the recognized standing of the organization.
student organization should wish to present a speaker if reliable
reports of the speaker’s address elsewhere demonstrates that the speaker
resorts to accusations without supporting evidence or with false
evidence, or that the speaker’s language is abusive, indecent, or
productive of disorder rather than thought.