Identity of Speakers
Invited for non-academic lecture
Conservative political commentator
Recognized student group event
Incident Political Orientation:
- Was Speech Code incident
The College Republicans chapter at the University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic school in Minnesota, asked Michael Knowles, a conservative political commentator, to speak on campus.
The University rejected the chapter’s request because of the speaker’s views. According to the administrators, all campus speakers must “align with our St. Thomas Conviction Statements on dignity and diversity.” The administrators believed Mr. Knowles’s values were not aligned with theirs because he “made statements that are derogatory to the transgender and autistic community.”