October 11, 2023

Response to inquiries about events on West Lafayette campus on Oct. 11-12

The following can be attributed to Purdue University spokesperson.

  • Concerning the barbaric terrorist attacks that targeted Israeli civilians and also killed citizens of our country, Purdue University has extended support to the many Purdue students whose families and who themselves are directly impacted. Generally, student support and counseling are available for anyone in need. 

 

  • Wednesday's vigil in honor of those killed and abducted, as well as Thursday’s march, are planned and registered with the proper university channels, with full consideration for the safety of those involved, and law enforcement is on alert against antisemitic threats, as observed in other cities. 

 

  • While the university refrains from extensive comments on sociopolitical matters as an institution so as to maximize freedom by individual members of the university to express their opinions, messages by student groups or by individuals associated with these groups do not represent the university. 

 

  • While the right to free speech is protected on campus for everyone, even when the content of the speech is abhorrent, any act of physical violence ceases to be speech and will be promptly addressed by the university along with police departments or federal law enforcement, with a focus on the safety of all students.

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