Guest Speaker Policy

Recognizing the fact that members of the academic community bring with them varied interests, Millikin University is determined to encourage free discussion on subjects of interest to members of our campus community.  It is essential that student organizations, recognized by the University, be free to select the persons they wish to invite as guest speakers with no restrictions designed directly or indirectly to control the viewpoints of the speakers other than those specified below.

The University sets down the following guidelines to insure the University against damage or interference with its overall educational program.

  1. The address of a guest speaker must not violate the restrictions on the freedom of speech that are imposed by law for public security.
  2. Views presented by guest speakers should be open to free discussion. Meetings addressed by guest speakers on subjects of public interest or concern, as distinct from properly private business of the organization, should be made known to the University community prior to the appearance.
  3. Scheduling of guest speakers on campus should be done as far in advance as possible. Dates and times should be cleared through the Office of Student Programs and Campus Scheduling. A minimum of two weeks should be allowed for this purpose.  Any contracts related to the speaking events must also be reviewed by the Director of Student Programs. Students may not sign contractual agreements.
  4. It is recommended that student organizations select guest speakers to promote the objectives of their organization; however the student organizations are expected to use their best efforts to avoid publicity or public controversy harmful to the University. If a guest speaker is harmful to the University, the said organization may be subject to a reevaluation of the recognized standing of the organization.
  5. No student organization should wish to present a speaker if reliable reports of the speaker’s address elsewhere demonstrates that the speaker resorts to accusations without supporting evidence or with false evidence, or that the speaker’s language is abusive, indecent, or productive of disorder rather than thought.