University Statement Regarding Planned Second Amendment Rally

Kent State University has notified a recent graduate that she must cease and desist from advertising a planned rally on campus because she has not registered the event and obtained the approvals required by university policy.


The proposed Sept. 29 rally, which advertised multiple, non-university affiliated speakers, also does not meet the university policy which mandates that a registered student organization or university department must sponsor the event. A group planning a counterprotest received the same communication.


All event organizers must comply with the applicable university policies in order to hold a rally.


Kent State upholds the right to free speech and values respectful dialogue from all points of view. Consistent with our core values, we encourage open dialogue, freedom of expression and respectful discourse in an inclusive environment.