As a campus frequently recognized by the Minnesota Secretary of State for encouraging voting, and one committed to the American Democracy Project, WSU is full-throated in our commitment to the democratic process and the U.S. Constitution. We watched the events in Washington, D.C. with concern, and will continue to monitor the situation accordingly.

Our campus supports free and fair elections as a proud American tradition. As stated in our Free Speech Values Statement*, we proudly protect the freedoms of conscience, expression, association, and peaceful assembly as set forth in the laws and Constitution of the United States. We emphatically reject threats and violence—from any point on the political spectrum—as completely contrary to law, as well as contrary to our mission and values.

As we transition next week into Spring Semester, please know the well-being and safety of each member of our community is our utmost priority. We are united in our mission as a community of learners improving our world, and as this last year has proven, together we can face big challenges, and together we will endure.

Sincerely yours,

Scott R. Olson

*Link to WSU Free Speech Values Statement:

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Dr. Scott R. Olson was appointed the 15th president of Winona State University on May 16, 2012. He has published two books, 30 book chapters and 22 journal articles in publications in the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Poland, Russia, and India. He has delivered over 100 papers at conferences in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Taiwan and the United States. Through a $20 million gift from the Lilly Endowment he was able to create the Global Media Network (which won a national award from the American Council on Education) and the Center for Media Design.

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