Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Affirming our university’s values

Friday, July 13, 2018

Earlier this week, we made the necessary decision to relocate the Pledges of Allegiance public art exhibit from the area in front of The Commons at Spooner Hall to the Spencer Museum of Art due to safety concerns, which allows programming to continue these important conversations. This work of art has elicited strong reactions and calls for its removal.

We are writing to reaffirm our full commitment to ensuring the exhibit remains in the Spencer Museum through its scheduled run.

The University of Kansas prides itself on being a marketplace of ideas that supports engaged and inclusive dialogue with our communities. As university leaders – one of whom is a Navy veteran – we understand the point of view of those who may disagree with the content of this kind of speech. At KU, we strongly affirm the right to express it.

Respectfully,

Douglas A. Girod
Chancellor

Carl W. Lejuez
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor



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Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.