Free Expression on Campus

Dear Mizzou students, faculty and staff,

As we approach the end of the semester, we want to reflect on our shared commitment to freedom of expression. Our commitment clearly includes the right to assemble, engage in civil discourse and peacefully protest.

This commitment has been on display throughout the semester, as members of the MU community have shared a range of perspectives while acting with peace, integrity and respect.  In light of recent events around the country, we want to reaffirm our commitment to free expression and our collective responsibilities to ensure a safe and respectful place of learning, research and engagement. We appreciate your continuing support to achieve these objectives. 

As outlined in our policies on free expression, we support peaceful protests and civil discourse, but activities may not:

  • Use or make a genuine ‘true threat’ or use force or violence.
  • Significantly disrupt university activities inside or outside of buildings (including classes).
  • Significantly disrupt previously scheduled campus events (including Senior Sendoff, final examinations, commencements and the many end-of-term celebrations).
  • Use any sound amplification or illuminated devices that disrupt adjacent university activities.
  • Camp or use temporary shelters (e.g., tents).
  • Affix items, such as posters or signs, to any permanent structure or grounds.

If individuals or groups do not uphold these standards of conduct, we will enforce the university accountability policies as stated for studentsfaculty and staff. Additionally, individuals who do not abide by our campus policies may be subject to trespass.

As we end the semester, let’s work together to ensure Mizzou remains a safe and respectful place for all.


Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.


Matthew Martens, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs