Free Speech on Campus

Freedom of speech is a bedrock principle of our community and essential to our core educational mission as a university– it is reflected in our history, policies and practices.

The university’s Standard Practice Guide reaffirms our commitment to free speech. It states, in part, that “expression of diverse points of view is of the highest importance, not only for those who espouse a cause or position and then defend it, but also for those who hear and pass judgment on that defense. The belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, or in any other way detestable cannot be grounds for its suppression.”

News & Updates

Speech First agrees to settle lawsuit over ‘free speech’ at U-M (Oct. 28, 2019)

Message from Provost Philbert: Our Community of Learning (Sept. 7, 2018)

U-M calls free-speech lawsuit allegations ‘a false caricature’ (June 15, 2018)

U-M clarifies definitions of harassment, bullying (June 11, 2018)

U-M seeks to address ‘mistaken premises’ in speech-related lawsuit (May 17, 2018)

U-M court filing in speech-related lawsuit 

U-M’s DE&I implementation leads discuss inclusion and free speech (May, 17, 2018)

Statement re admitted students and free speech (Feb. 26, 2018)

Schlissel, faculty, students, media to lead free speech teach-outs (Feb. 19, 2018)

U-M to host series of events on free speech and inclusion (Jan. 17, 2018)

University Record: Richard Spencer will not come to U-M this semester; campus venue will be rented only if event can be hosted safely (Jan. 2018)