University practices on controversial posters on campus

September 18, 2017

We are aware of the posters appearing on public campus bulletin boards here and across the nation as part of an organized campaign promoting a non-inclusive agenda. The posters are designed to provoke anger and divisiveness, and intimidate others. As a University that fosters diversity and inclusion — we find the posters and the responsible group counter to our values. The organization posting them is not a recognized Penn State student organization and has targeted dozens of universities across the country.

Posters that are found on Penn State bulletin boards designated for use only by University organizations, under normal policy and practice, will be removed. Some of these posters, however, may appear on public boards. Those will not be removed but may be relocated if they are used to block other posted documents. As an institution of higher education, Penn State fully supports the right of free speech and encourages its expression in thoughtful and respectful ways, even when we strongly disagree with the opinions expressed.

The University would like to emphasize that every student on this campus has earned the right to be here based on their academic qualifications and hard work. Penn State is enriched by students and scholars from around the world and we will continue to be a campus dedicated to building a safe, supportive and welcoming learning environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please know that Penn State has taken extensive efforts to promote a safe and secure campus environment. If at any time, your or others feel threatened or unsafe, please contact University Police at 814-863-1111. Additional resources available to all students are listed below as well.

·         Report incident of bias, discrimination or harassment—http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias

·         Office of Student Conduct—https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/conduct/

·         Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response—http://titleix.psu.edu/

·         Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)—http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/

·         Paul Robeson Cultural Center—http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/cultural/

 

Last Updated September 20, 2017