The university pledges equal emphasis to its responsibilities in three areas:
Vigorous protection of the rights of all students and encouragement of the free expression of ideas;
Unceasing efforts to keep the channels of communication open to all suggestions for change; and
A guarantee to the people of the state and to the great majority of the students that the educational process will not be disrupted.
The university respects the rights, accorded to all persons by the constitution, to freedom of speech, peaceable assembly, petition, and association. Students and student organizations, as well as other members of the university community, may examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and express opinions publicly as well as privately.