Effective Date Supersedes N/A Issuing Authority Office of the Provost Responsible Officer Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
The following represents guidelines for administrative implementation of NYU’s existing policies on speech, speakers, and dissent.
The Free Exchange of Ideas, Protest, and Dissent: The free exchange of ideas and open inquiry are bedrock principles at N.Y.U. Even as NYU remains committed to an inclusive learning environment, it is a matter of policy that invited speakers will be able to deliver their remarks without substantial interference regardless of the content of their speech.
The principles of free speech and inquiry are complemented by the principles of debate, challenge, and protest. While dissent may be vigorous, it must not substantially interfere with a speaker’s ability to communicate, regardless of content, with an audience’s ability to hear and see a speaker, or with the University’s ability to fulfill its educational duties and conduct its operations.
Sponsor Accountability: Certain responsibilities accompany the holding of a speaking event; these responsibilities are especially pressing in cases in which the speaker may hold views that are controversial or which may be likely to spark protest.
Public Safety: The University and the event sponsors shall work together to ensure that it transpires safely and peacefully, with the University bearing the expense for safety arrangements. The University’s Department of Public Safety has responsibility for determining the nature and extent of safety measures, which may include relocating an event, changing its timing, employing safety equipment or protocols, or restricting the event to members of the NYU community for reasons of safety and order. And in those rare instances in which the University concludes that a speaker’s presence presents an insurmountable threat to public safety, NYU reserves the right to cancel an event.