Dear President Haas:
As George Orwell wrote, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Yet students at GVSU are having their freedom of speech muzzled by your restrictive “free speech zone” policy. Universities such as GVSU were once institutions that fostered intellectual freedom, now that freedom is limited to 0.03% percent of your campus – the only area where students are allowed to exercise their freedom of speech and expression. That was made clear when you limited the speech of the Turning Point USA students last October.
Such “free speech zones” sends a message to your students that the freedom of speech is a privilege – not a basic human right. It is the antithesis of what a university ought to be – a place where students are exposed to challenging viewpoints and ideas. I urge you to rescind this wrongheaded policy and welcome true diversity of thought.