Moratorium on Demonstration Policy
December 8, 2015
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I hope you had a chance to read the note that was sent to all students, faculty, and staff on Saturday, December 5. The e-mail provided an update on some of the steps we are taking to improve our campus culture and experience for the entire community. In the note, I shared that the University Senate and Student Government of Loyola Chicago have shown an increased interest in reviewing the University’s demonstration policy. These important members of our shared governance system will make recommendations on the policy, along with Student Development. University leadership supports this process.
While the current policy is being reviewed, a moratorium is now in place on sections one, two, and three of the Demonstration and Fixed Exhibit Policy, which includes a total of four sections. To view the policy, and its specific sections, please click here and go to pages 60 and 61. All other policies stated in the Community Standards remain in effect. I want to emphasize that Loyola seeks a campus that is respectful, orderly, free from harassment and bias, and safe for every member of our community.
In addition, there has been much constructive dialogue in the last few weeks and it will continue well into the New Year. I am confident we will advance our shared goal of an increasingly invigorating and productive campus. In particular, I encourage students to engage in discussion with University leaders, faculty, and peers. A commitment to understanding and personal growth comes from the process of sharing perspectives and listening to various opinions.
I hope you will agree that this moratorium is—simply put—a good-faith effort by our University to take the necessary steps together, as Ramblers, towards a policy that more accurately reflects our values and needs as an institution.
John P. Pelissero, PhD