Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Auburn: Letter from Provost and Chief Diversity Officer regarding Spencer event

Via Paul

Apr 18, 2017

Dear Auburn Family,

Over the past week, Auburn University has faced attempts by uninvited, unaffiliated, off-campus groups and individuals to provoke conflict that is divisive and disruptive to our campus environment. Whether it's offensive rhetoric, offensive flyers around campus, or inappropriate remarks on social media, we will not allow the efforts of individuals or groups to undermine Auburn's core values of inclusion and diversity and challenge the ideals personified by the Auburn Creed.

Auburn University supports the rights and privileges afforded by the First Amendment. However, when the tenets of free speech are overshadowed by threats to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we have a responsibility to protect our campus and the men and women who unite our academic community. The decision to cancel the Richard Spencer event last week was informed by leadership from all of the university's shared governance groups and the Auburn Police Division, all of whom articulated legitimate concerns for the safety and security of our campus.

This afternoon, a federal judge ruled that Auburn must allow Spencer to speak in the Foy Auditorium tonight. It is now more important than ever that we respond in a way that is peaceful, respectful, and maintains civil discourse. We are aware that various campus groups have planned events for this evening. Please know that additional security measures are being taken by the Auburn Police Division to uphold the safety of our community.

The Provost's Office will support requests from faculty and students to miss classes this evening.

Timothy R. Boosinger,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Taffye Benson Clayton
Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity


  1. Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity

    Oh for crying out loud.

    - Charlie

  2. "Inclusion and Diversity" is subject to discrimination, but a judge overruled in accordance with the First Amendment right of "free speech" and "public assembly". Wow! imagine that! --Ron W

  3. Inclusion and diversity. Tells you all you need to know. Didn't even have to see the picture. Such jobs are always black women. And the letter is typical inclusion-diversity gogglede-gook that doesn't actually say anything.