Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and other campus administrators welcome more than 6,300 students during the 2017 New Student Induction Ceremony, held in Mackey Arena. The ceremony takes place annually and is part of Purdue’s Boiler Gold Rush orientation week.
In May 2015, Purdue became the first public institution to formally commit to uphold free expression by adopting the FIRE-endorsed Chicago Statement and eliminating all of its speech-restricting policies. As a result of this change, Purdue’s Orientation Programs created a first-of-its-kind free speech presentation for the more than 6,300 incoming students who attended the University’s Boiler Gold Rush orientation week. Students act out scenarios ranging from encountering an inflammatory campus preacher, dealing with objectionable symbols in residence halls, and handling an in-class disruption. The modules also underscore Purdue’s institutional commitments to civility and mutual respect.

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