(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) Politically charged flyers caught the attention of several Missouri Western students and faculty Wednesday.
Several flyers reading "Illegal Immigrants are Criminals---#Buildthewall" were posted to university bulletin boards around campus.
While the signs were quickly removed by university faculty and staff, administration is not necessarily troubled with the message, but with the violation of university poster policy.
"I think the ideas espoused in the signs were policy driven ideas, that we're open as a university to having open conversation, open dialog. The reason the signs were removed was because they were in violation of our posting policy," Vice President for Student Affairs Shana Meyer said.
University bulletin board are in highly trafficked areas, and there are rules in place for what can be displayed on the boards. Students and organizations that wish to advertise on university bulletin boards must submit an application with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and include a sample of what content is being promoted before any flyers are put on display. The immigration flyer was not previously approved by the CSI and was immediately removed.
“We don’t allow signs or posters that just espouse an idea. Our post route is for our events that are occurring on campus. They typically would be from something a student organization or a department are hosting. So ideas being posted, probably won’t be allowed with our current posting policy,” Meyer said. “If a student would want to have a forum or event, we would be more than willing to discuss that with them, so there would be further dialog around the ideas they are trying to present.”
The signs were posted in several locations around campus and created a stir on social media, however the university does not plan to investigate the signs any further. No one has claimed responsibility for posting the flyers.