Outside Speakers Policy

Date Approved:1-1-2000
Last Revision:1-1-2000
Last Reviewed:1-1-2000
Approved By:Board of Trustees
Oversight Unit:DEAN OF STUDENTS
Purpose

This policy fosters free inquiry and timely discussion and applies to every event held on campus and sponsored by a student organization or oganizations where one or more of the speakers at such event is not a member of the Northern Michigan University community.

Policy

General Policy: It is the policy of the Board of Control and the University to foster a spirit of free inquiry and to encourage the timely discussion of a wide variety of issues, provided that the views expressed are stated openly and, therefore, are subject to critical evaluation. Restraints on free inquiry should be held to that minimum which is consistent with preserving an organized society in which peaceful, democratic means for change are available.

Invitation of Speakers to Campus

Registered student organizations may invite speakers to the campus subject to the following conditions:

1) For purposes of coordinating such public meetings with the calendar of other activities taking place on University property, the sponsoring organization must (a) complete the Activity Request Form, indicating among other things, the names of all speakers, and the time and place of the meeting, the form to be certified by the signature of an officer of the organization, and (b) complete the Audio Visual Request Form for sound amplifying equipment, when necessary. These forms are available at the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office, University Center.

2) The speaker may not incite the audience to take unlawful action and to violate regulations essential to the orderly administration of the University.

3) Where a monetary fee is involved, agreements between an organization and a speaker should be in writing and signed by an officer of the organization. Contract forms are available in the Student Activities Office.

4) It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs to certify that all appropriate steps have been taken before the event is officially scheduled.