Larry Moneta, VP for Student Affairs, wrote a letter to the editor at the News & Observer
In her column Feb. 6, Ruth Sheehan criticized Duke University for allowing a show on human sexuality that has appeared at numerous other campuses and venues, including Harvard, William & Mary and Michigan on its current tour.
At Duke, the event was sponsored by a group of student educators who promote healthy lifestyles, receiving financial support from the Women's Center, Sexual Assault Support Services and other campus groups.
Duke -- like other universities in the Triangle and across the country -- routinely hosts shows and speakers whom some people find controversial. The fact that it provides a venue for an event organized by students through well-established procedures does not mean the university endorses the views expressed.
Sheehan asked whether Duke had a clue how such events might be perceived in the wake of the Duke lacrosse case. The answer is they should be perceived as evidence that Duke continues to be a community filled with diverse people and opinions, and one committed to academic freedom and free speech. N & O
Vice President for Student Affairs