Saint Joseph's University Statement - February 17

Friday, February 17, 2017

Saint Joseph's University, as an institution of higher education, is fundamentally committed to free speech and the exchange of ideas. As part of that commitment, prior to the presidential election, the University scheduled an open forum to be held on November 10. Students, faculty, staff, guests and all points of view were welcomed at the event.

At the forum, select comments made by Dr. David Parry, Associate Professor of Communications Studies, were audio recorded and recently posted on social media. No one, including Dr. Parry, spoke on behalf of the University at the forum, which was not part of any class. Dr. Parry’s comments were subsequently picked up by additional media outlets.

Fostering a safe learning environment is one of the University’s primary obligations. Freedom of expression is integral to this effort. The University does expect respectful dialogue at all times and opposes any form of intolerance. This always has been and will remain a central principle at Saint Joseph’s University.

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