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Draft Free Speech Policies Advance at Regents’ Public Hearing




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Draft Free Speech Policies Advance at Regents’ Public Hearing


RAPID CITY, SD – Revised policies impacting free speech and diversity on South Dakota public university campuses advanced Wednesday after the South Dakota Board of Regents conducted an initial hearing on the draft policies and voted unanimously to move those proposals to final action in December.


Between now and expected action at a Dec. 4-6 meeting on the Northern State University campus in Aberdeen, the regents invite additional public comment on the policies. Comments should be sent no later than Nov. 10, so they may be considered by the board prior to final action.


The draft policies may be accessed through the links below. Written comments may be submitted by email to katie.hubbart@sdbor.edu or mailed to: 


South Dakota Board of Regents
 Office of the Executive Director
306 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Pierre SD 57501


BOR Policy 1-17 Harassment Including Sexual Harassment Revisions

BOR Policy 3-3 Freedom of Speech

BOR Policy 3-4 Student Code of Conduct Revisions

BOR Policy 3-18 Recognition and Funding of Student Organizations Revisions

BOR Policy 4-21 Political Activity

BOR Policy 6-13 Facilities Use by Private Parties

BOR Policy 7-1 Acceptable Use of ITS Revisions