President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 21 that directs federal agencies to discontinue grantsto U.S. colleges and universities that do not protect free speech on campus.
Trump announced he was going to issue this executive order in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which members of UD College Republicans attended.
It’s unclear if the order will have any major practical ramifications, but the move has been widely supported by conservatives.
A university spokesman issued a statement to Flyer News, saying the president’s order will not change any of UD’s policies and that the university “…deeply respects the principles of freedom of speech and expression….”
The full statement can be read here:
“The president’s executive order promoting free and open debate on university campuses entails no changes in University policy or practice. The University affirms and deeply respects the principles of freedom of speech and expression that are essential to American democracy and civic life. It welcomes diverse perspectives and open dialogue as essential dimensions of a rigorous education. At the same time, the University expects all members of our campus community to treat one another with respect and dignity, in accordance with our Catholic and Marianist mission and as expressed in our nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policy.”