U of A to hold forum to address First Amendment rights

U of A to hold forum to address First Amendment rights
(Source: Bill Morrow)

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona is planning to host their very first Campus Conversations forum to address First Amendment rights and campus safety after three students were charged in an incident involving Border Patrol on campus.

U of A President, Robert C. Robbins, invites students to join this important conversation about free speech, expression and the law.

The following statement was released and posted to the University of Arizona’s website:

April 15, 2019

Dear Students and Colleagues,

Events of the past several weeks have prompted debate over First Amendment rights, campus safety and the presence of Border Patrol on our campus. Discussion of these topics through statements and letters cannot enable understanding in the same way that real one-to-one interaction can inform our views. As I wrote earlier, we are planning a Campus Conversations series to begin this important dialogue.

I am pleased to invite you to the first Campus Conversations forum Tuesday, April 23, 9:00–11:00 a.m., in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

As a diverse community of learning, the University of Arizona fosters independent thinking, which often yields divergent, strongly held opinions. Cultivating an environment that enables this valuable dynamic by protecting rights to free speech and expression, emphasizing respect for each other and the law, and ensuring the safety of all our students and employees must remain a continuous and collective goal. I hope you will join me in this pursuit.

This opening session of the Campus Conversation series will focus on listening—particularly listening to concerns of students, faculty and staff around these issues. I encourage you to bring your thoughts about timely and relevant topics and raise questions and concerns that you would like to see addressed by the university and to be discussed in future campus conversations. Longtime southern Arizona journalist, Nancy Montoya, has graciously agreed to moderate our conversation.

I encourage faculty with courses during the time of the event to allow students to attend if possible. For those who are unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed, and a recording will be made available online.

Thank you to all who have worked collaboratively and quickly to plan this important event at this important time in UA’s history. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely, Robert C. Robbins

President

The University of Arizona

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