FIRE's Research on DePaul University’s Shifting Flyer Posting Policy
December 20, 2005
As for the brochure for which the College Republican organization sought permission to post around campus, DePaul University approves, as a matter of course, announcements of speakers who are coming to campus. We do not approve posters that denounce or criticize invited speakers. The same would be true in the reverse. If the College Republicans had invited a speaker who was objectionable to another group on campus, DePaul would have permitted posters advertising the event, but would not have permitted posters denouncing the College Republicans' speaker. These posters are meant to inform the campus community of upcoming events. DePaul does not use this particular venue for the expression of political views of any stripe.I personally would not have used the word "propaganda" to summarize this criteria, and the word is not part of any policy at DePaul. The practice, however, seems a sensible one to me and is enforced equally for speakers of all topics and positions. Advertisements of speakers are posted. Denunciations of speakers are not posted.
- DePaul Student Organizations Policies and Procedures Webpage from June 30, 2004, PDF, 45.4 KB
- DePaul Student Organizations Policies and Procedures Webpage from October 28, 2005, PDF, 53.4 KB
- DePaul Student Organizations Policies and Procedures Webpage from December 19, 2005, PDF, 61.8 KB