Missouri State has announced that they have revised their policy regarding rental of facilities on the campus.
School President Clif Smart wrote that the policy changes will allow Missouri State to continue to advance their “mission…to educate students to be global citizen scholars committed to public affairs.”
The change by MSU comes as many schools around the country have faced conservative social and political figures having events on college campuses canceled, moved or denied after threats of violence or campus disruptions by those who disagree with a speaker’s points of view.
Smart made it clear that Missouri State will not make decisions regarding facility use based on a presenter’s views.
“The policy makes clear that the university reserves the right to deny rental of a facility or offer alternate dates for a facility rental to avoid interference with classes and other campus activities,” Smart wrote. “The policy also states that we will not make facility rental decisions based on the identity or viewpoint of the presenter.”
The policy says the University will consider among multiple factors:
- Anticipated attendance at the event for which the rental is proposed;
- Anticipated pedestrian and vehicle implications (i.e., foot traffic and parking demands);
- Whether the event is ticketed and, if so, whether the tickets are general admission or for assigned seating;
- The date and time of the proposed rental; and
- Whether university events are scheduled on or immediately before or after the date of the proposed rental.
Smart noted the need for the change in policy is a “good thing” for Missouri State.
“This a good thing — high level events on campus allow us to put the public affairs mission into practice, receive additional revenue and showcase our university to a larger audience,” Smart wrote.