University of Northwestern – St. Paul Official Statement

By University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Mar 12, 2019

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University of Northwestern – St. Paul Official Statement

Roseville, Minn., March 11, 2019—University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNW) has received many questions regarding an article published on Tuesday, March 5 regarding a student club’s request for Star Parker to speak at an on-campus event. There has been a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the circumstances and communication concerning the invitation.

University of Northwestern did not ban Ms. Parker from speaking on campus. Ms. Parker has spoken on our campus twice before to share her testimony. The student club responsible for inviting her, Young America’s Foundation (YAF), did not follow policies and procedures that are in place for student club events. Therefore, because proper approval was not obtained, the student club was told they could not host the event.

In addition, university administration had significant concerns regarding Ms. Parker’s contract, which contained certain requirements the university could not accommodate. One component of the contract stated UNW would be required to open the event to the general public and YAF would hold UNW responsible for removing people disrupting the event, requiring us to hire off-duty law enforcement to manage potential threats and/or disruptions. The university has not been required to have this type of security for previous events, which indicates YAF's expectation that a disruption may occur. This concern was referenced in the email quote from the UNW staff member to the student club leader related to hosting "sensationalized" speakers. Our top priority will always be the safety of our students and staff members.

Due to the above misunderstandings, our stance on certain issues was not accurately represented. Northwestern is unwavering in our biblical foundation, therefore, we are passionately against abortion and take a pro-life stance—as referenced in our Declaration of Christian Community.

This is a learning opportunity both for students, as they understand the business side of social causes, and for the university, helping us to better understand how to prepare and support students in learning how to make a difference in their world.

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University of Northwestern – St. Paul is a nondenominational Christian university in St. Paul, Minn. With a biblical worldview integrated into all programs, UNW provides a unique educational experience for students who want to combine faith and education. UNW offers 75+ areas of undergraduate study, six master's degrees, and online and early college programs. Northwestern Media, a ministry of the university, operates 17 Christian radio stations throughout the Midwest with a total listenership of more than one million listeners.

Visit unwsp.edu for more information. 

3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598 
800-692-4020 | 651-631-5100 | unwsp.edu

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