Speech and Expression Procedures
- Sponsoring student organizations are requested to state on
promotional materials that the opinions expressed do not
necessarily represent the opinions and/or beliefs of St. John's
- When it is deemed necessary to staff the event or speaker with
additional security to insure the safety of all those present, the
cost for additional security may be the responsibility of the
sponsoring student organization. This determination will be made
cooperatively by the Department of Student Life, Student Government
and the sponsoring organization.
- The Department of Student Life reserves the right to request
the sponsoring student organization to provide reference materials
for a proposed speaker. The sole purpose of these references is to
insure that the speaker responsibly represents the subject on which
he or she is to speak. Student Life may also request reviews or
tapes of prior performances.
- In the case of a speaker representing a controversial issue,
the Department of Student Life may require, as a condition of
approval, that an opposing viewpoint be represented. This may take
the form of a debate which will be facilitated by an appropriate
faculty and/or student moderator.
- The Department of Student Life reserves the right to cancel,
postpone or deny the appearance of a speaker or performer. This
determination will be based upon any concern for public safety or
the belief that the speaker will be in violation of established
University policies or will deal with matters that are inconsistent
with the University Mission and its Catholic character and
- The sponsoring student organization may appeal the decision
made to cancel the event by the following process:
a. A written request for reconsideration must be submitted to the
Chief Student Affairs Officer within three school days of the
b. The request will be considered by the Speaker Appeals Board.
This board on each campus will be comprised of one administrator,
appointed by the Executive Vice President and excluding personnel
from the Department of Student Life, two full-time tenured faculty
members and two students. The chairperson of the Speaker Appeals
Board will be elected by members of the board. The remainder of the
membership of this board will be elected each fall by the faculty
and student government of each campus.
c. Once an appeal is received, a final decision by this committee
will be rendered within 10 school days.