South Dakota State University has a long history of commitment to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics whereby the ethical and intellectual development of the student body and general welfare of the public may be promoted. This site outlines the University's steadfast commitment to freedom of expression and highlights relevant laws, policies and training.
"If history has taught us anything about higher education, it is that we will not always agree with each other. However, that does not mean that we can’t respect one another and address our differences through conversation and education."
-Barry H. Dunn, Ph.D., President
The First Amendment
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. It also protects the freedom to peacefully assemble or gather together or associate with a group of people for social, economic, political or religious purposes, as well as the right to protest the government. In addition to the First Amendment, the University is subject to state laws governing the commitment to free expression and discussion of intellectually diverse topics at institutions of higher education.
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of expression includes the right to discuss and present scholarly opinions and conclusions on all matters both in and outside the classroom without institutional discipline or restraint. This freedom includes the right to speak and write as a member of the University community or as a private citizen on matters of public concern.
Academic freedom includes the right to study, discuss, investigate, teach, and publish. To secure student freedom in learning, University faculty members in the classroom and in seminar encourage free and orderly discussion, inquiry, and expression of the course subject matter. Student performance may not be evaluated on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.