Like Purdue, Purdue Global does not have the tradition of making institutional statements on socio-political issues, forcing ideological litmus tests, or limiting freedom of expression. For this university, this is not a matter of newfound convenience or a selective habit recently enshrined. We will continue to follow this policy consistently as future controversial issues arise. Three reasons underlie our policy.
The university cannot compel good speech from individuals.
The university cannot censor protected speech by individuals (even speech that equivocates, justifies, encourages, or glorifies evil acts against humanity—speech that does not represent this institution and is patently contradictory to the values of our university at this grave moment of barbarity vs. civilization).
Based on the Chicago Principles and the Kalven Report, Purdue Global’s Commitment to Freedom of Expression states: “It is for the individual members of the University community, not for the University as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves, and to act on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously contesting the ideas that they oppose.”
To be clear, this does not mean that Purdue Global’s leadership condones such behaviors. We will continue to focus on those directly affected by outreach from the dean of students for our students and human resources for our employees, providing resources, contact information, etc.