University Won't Adopt Speech Policies Until at Least Fall | KBIA

University Won't Adopt Speech Policies Until at Least Fall

Jun 20, 2016

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 The University of Missouri won't adopt policies on free speech and protests until at least the fall to allow enough time to gather public comment.

A committee issued a draft in late May of policies designed to regulate public spaces on campus while also respecting free-speech rights. The committee, composed of 13 faculty, staff and students also was asked to determine how the university can best resolve conflicts over use of public spaces.

The committee was formed after protests rocked the Columbia campus last fall.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports suggestions on the policy can be emailed to the university's website. A public meeting will be held in the fall. Faculty Council Chairman Ben Trachtenberg  says he expects the draft policies to change before they are implemented.