Southern Methodist University

08/01/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/01/2017 13:54

SMU statement on 9/11 flag display

August 1, 2017

The request for a 9/11 display on campus by SMU's Young Americans for Freedom was approved by SMU last week. The group's requests for displays have been approved in previous years, and SMU as a community has held 9/11 memorial events every five years since 2001, including a notable event last year in collaboration with area first responders.

SMU revised its policy regarding the location of all lawn displays in July, before this request was received. All approved lawn displays, regardless of sponsoring organization or subject, now will be located on a larger site, MoMac Park, an open space near the center of campus along Bishop Boulevard, the most prominent drive on campus. The new site is located near much of the University's student housing and measures nearly 2 acres, twice the size of the previous site.

The previous site, a portion of the Dallas Hall lawn, is used frequently for outdoor class space, studying between classes, and a variety of university events throughout the year - creating the need for a different, yet still prominent, display area.

SMU respects the rights of all campus community members to express their opinions, as well as their right to be free from coercion and harassment. The policy has been further updated to better reflect this balance and to remove the poor wording regarding triggering or harmful messages.

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