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STATEMENT FROM JOHN J. DEGIOIA, PRESIDENT, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

October 2, 2018

Since our founding, Georgetown has been dedicated to the free exchange of ideas and robust dialogue.

We protect the right of our community members to exercise their freedom of expression. This does not mean the University endorses the content of their expression. We can and do strongly condemn the use of violent imagery, profanity, and insensitive labeling of individuals based on gender, ethnicity or political affiliation in any form of discourse. Such expressions go against our values.

While the speech of our faculty members is protected, we are deeply committed to having our classrooms and interactions with students be free of bias and geared toward respectful dialogue. We take seriously our obligation to provide welcoming spaces for all students to learn.

If comments made by faculty members are determined to substantially affect their teaching, research, or University service, we will address them through established University procedures outlined in our Georgetown University Faculty Handbook.

Contact:
Georgetown University Office of Communications
gucomm@georgetown.edu