Student Government approves resolution supporting adoption of the Chicago Statement free speech standards

Student Government approved an assembly resolution supporting the adoption of Chicago Statement free speech standards and proposed legislation for creating new excellence awards.

Liberal arts representative Lillian Bonin said the Chicago Statement is “not a legal document” but “an aspirational piece” describing free speech on college campuses. Currently, there is a lawsuit against UT by advocacy organization Speech First preventing a free speech policy change.

“The University adopting this … would not change any policy,” government junior Bonin said. “Ideally, the University, if they adopted this, would want to change their policy to be aligned with it, but it does not require anything. And also … University policy’s already significantly in line with this.”

Jordan Cope, law school representative, said he believes the resolution could help draw future students to UT.

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