Statement from West Virginia University on student-sponsored visit of Milo Yiannopolus:

As an institution of higher learning, West Virginia University encourages the free exchange of ideas among all our students, faculty and staff. We value everyone’s right to free speech, even when that speech is unpopular.

The University recognizes that the upcoming appearance of Milo Yiannopolus, at the invitation of a student organization, is not supported by many in the University community. As an institution that encourages the exchange of ideas, as well as supports a student’s quest to participate in that exchange, the University encourages dissenters and supporters alike to listen to and discuss topics in a civil and respectful manner befitting of Mountaineers.

As individuals, we can hold different views and opinions while still engaging in constructive dialogue to gain new perspectives and understanding. As a University, we will protect the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in The United States Constitution. Most importantly, West Virginia University remains committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that embraces all.



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