Organizers of events using ASU facilities must be properly registered with ASU and must meet all university requirements for crowd management, parking, security, and insurance. In addition, the events must be produced in a way which minimizes disruption to academic and other activities on campus. The event featuring Congresswoman Tlaib was planned and produced by groups not affiliated with ASU and was organized outside of ASU policies and procedures. Accordingly, that event will not take place today on the ASU Tempe campus.
The ASU Police Department is currently investigating the disruption of the ASU Student Government meeting on Tuesday night on the Tempe campus. The incident is being reviewed for possible disorderly conduct and criminal damage charges -- no arrests have been made at this time. Arizona State University provides a community that embraces diversity, tolerance, respect, and inclusion. The university rejects and denounces antisemitism. ASU will not tolerate physical intimidation or violence, and we will take action to ensure the physical safety of students.
On October 7th, we were all horrified and sickened upon learning of the terrorism and brutality of Hamas. In the days since, the massacre in Israel placed a national spotlight on the reactions of college presidents and their campuses.
Harassment or threatening behavior toward ASU employees is dangerous, unsettling and will not be tolerated.The following is a message from President Michael Crow.
To the ASU faculty and staff,
Earlier this week, David Boyles, an instructor in the ASU English Department, was followed, harassed, pushed and injured by two men identified by Turning Point USA as their “reporter” and “cameraman.” I’d like to share with you some of my views about this matter.
The recent terrorist attacks by Hamas against the people of Israel and the subsequent retaliatory strikes have understandably caused distress and concern across the globe and in the Arizona State University community.
There was a fire this morning in a storage space on the first floor of Arizona State University’s Palo Verde East residence hall on the Tempe campus. There were no injuries and damage is minimal, but not without consequence. Power at the building has been shut off and that will be the condition for the near term while water damage in the basement and on the first and second floors is assessed along with the electrical system for the building. This work is underway.
Members of the Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Freedom of Expression at Arizona’s Public Universities:
Thank you for providing Arizona State University with the opportunity to present and testify before the committee. My colleagues and I did our best to answer your questions, but as you know there were some instances when we committed to follow up with you and to provide more detail. This letter is intended to do that and provide some additional clarification about comments made during the committee hearing.
1. Tom Lewis – Michael Crow communication
Arizona State University is committed, in practice, not just rhetoric, to all things that support free speech and all its components.
American universities have long been an environment where ideas are shared and tested, beliefs are expressed, and issues are debated. Along with that comes arguments and disagreements over strongly held beliefs. It can be quite noisy and sometimes uncomfortable, but in a free society, universities must be safe places that demonstrate tolerance for civil public discourse.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina will have no impact on the diversity of the Arizona State University student body or ASU’s commitment to having a student body which reflects the population of the State of Arizona. Because ASU admits all students who meet the university’s admission requirements and does not artificially cap enrollment for students from Arizona, ASU will continue to have one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.