UWG Statement on Outside Speakers

The University of West Georgia subscribes to the philosophy of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) which states, in part (AAUP Policy Statement Academic Freedom and Outside Speakers.htm):

"As part of their educational mission, colleges and universities provide a forum for a wide variety of speakers. There can be no more appropriate site for the discussion of controversial ideas and issues than a college or university campus. Candidates for public office may speak on campus, as may their supporters or opponents, so long as the institution does not administer its speakers program in a manner that constitutes intervention in a campaign. Invitations made to outside speakers by students or faculty do not imply approval or endorsement by the institution of the views expressed by the speaker."

Consistent with the prohibition on political activities, the University states "that no member of the academic community may speak for or act on behalf of the college or university in a political campaign."

The University of West Georgia affirms that "sponsorship of a speaker or a forum does not constitute endorsement of the views expressed."