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SMU agrees to continue displays, including 9/11 memorial, on Dallas Hall Lawn

Students, officials reach agreement on use of historic space

August 9, 2017

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU officials and student leaders reached an agreement today to continue to have lawn displays, including Young Americans for Freedom’s annual 9/11 memorial, on the Dallas Hall Lawn.

This agreement provides dedicated spaces for lawn displays while also preserving open spaces for studying, classes, events and recreation. The goal is to balance the needs of all campus community members in use of this historic space.

Going forward, one-day displays sponsored by student organizations or University departments will continue to take place on the northern section of the Dallas Hall Lawn, the site that traditionally has been used for displays. Displays lasting up to three days will take place on the southern section of the Dallas Hall Lawn. At any one time, either the northern or southern section will be open for other uses.

In addition, SMU intends to review and amend Student Activities procedures and University policy regarding lawn displays. This review process will be undertaken in consultation with the student government and student community, including student organizations.

“I thank the students from across campus who came together in the spirit of mutual respect and civil discourse to achieve this outcome,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Throughout these discussions, students have expressed their commitment to freedom of expression – a value the University shares.”


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