Johns Hopkins University embraces and actively supports a culture of free expression and debate in every aspect of university life, and we regularly seek to assist students in protests, demonstrations, vigils, displays and other acts of public expression. Below are links to important information regarding our policies and guidelines.
Media Statement, April 18, 2019
Johns Hopkins strongly supports free expression, including protests and demonstrations, as reflected in our guidelines and statements on academic freedom and free expression. As such, we have made every effort to support the ongoing presence of protestors in Garland Hall, subject to important health and safety requirements, the student code of conduct, the Baltimore City fire code and other applicable laws. We have regularly communicated these requirements and expectations to the protestors verbally and in writing. All written communications are also posted on the Provost website.
The protest is a fluid situation, and we are continually monitoring and evaluating the ongoing event in Garland Hall and across the Homewood campus as health and safety remains the top priority in all decision-making.
Some protestors have complied with these health, safety and conduct requirements; others have not. It is not our policy to share information about disciplinary issues for individual students as they are confidential and protected by FERPA. However, we have made clear that we are documenting the violations that have occurred across campus, and those who violate the law and/or code of conduct may face further action.
Media Statement, April 11, 2019
The University’s position is unchanged and grounded in our Principles on Academic Freedom and Guidelines for Students in Support of Free Expression Through Protests and Demonstration. Students have broad support for expression, including expression of controversial or critical views. However, students and others do not have the right to occupy buildings, disrupt events and services that jeopardize the university’s mission, endanger the health and safety of its members, or suppress the speech of others. The students and community members occupying the lobby and other spaces of Garland Hall are currently in contravention of these policies.
The President and Provost welcome reasoned, thoughtful discussion about ways to improve the university and the community of which we are part. They meet regularly with students from across the university, even when the issues raised are difficult and the views presented are in opposition to their own. But they do not meet with students or organizations who are in clear violation of university policy.
The President and Provost attended numerous public meetings on and off campus over the last 18 months in which the case for and against a sworn university police department was discussed, analyzed and debated from a number of different perspectives. Those meetings, coupled with a comprehensive research document, were circulated to the community. The legislation that was adopted by strong votes of both houses of the Maryland General Assembly was based on that report and then subject to more than nine hours of committee hearings and modified by 18 separate amendments.
Media Statement, April 7, 2019
Johns Hopkins University embraces and fosters a culture of free expression and debate. We worked with our students several years ago to develop guidelines to support student protests, which have allowed us to ensure a safe environment as students and others in our university community express their views on a broad range of issues.
On Wednesday afternoon, April 3, students began protesting inside the University’s main administration building, Garland Hall. Protestors also were protesting during events on the Homewood campus this past weekend. The Johns Hopkins student affairs team has been liaising with the protest’s student leaders, and we are working to assure the safety and continuity of campus business and events. Protestors have been free to come and go during regular business hours and can bring or receive deliveries of food or other necessities. Protestors also have been permitted to remain inside the building in limited areas after the doors officially close for the night (at 6 pm). For safety purposes, any protestors who leave the building during the overnight hours (between 6 pm and 7 am) are permitted to return only when the building reopens the following morning.
No matter the location of protests on campus, protestors are expected to abide by protest guidelines and also must adhere to the principles of the Student Code of Conduct.
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