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Message from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J.J. Brown

Dear Students,

Thank you to the many of you who have shared your desire to have a space on campus designated for painting/drawing/posting your messages of free expression, and to those who joined the forum held by the Student Government Association last night.

This message is to let you know that I will be working with Student Government leadership to establish a group to engage in alternative options for free expression, given the safety priorities and changes being made to the tunnels on the Boone campus.

We will begin by establishing a Free Expression Space Working Group that will meet weekly, beginning the week of April 8, throughout the end of this semester, to discuss the needs expressed at last night’s student forum held by SGA, and to help determine the best way to meet those needs. Further discussions will take place over the summer and/or the fall as needed.

Jamie Parson and Jeff Cathey, App State’s Free Speech Responsible Officers, will facilitate this group.

Next week, we will reach out to students with invitations to sit on this working group. If you are interested in serving on this group, please complete this Google Form. Our student body will also have an opportunity for feedback sessions with this group in the coming weeks.

I will keep you updated on this project as it progresses.

I wish you all a restful and restorative weekend.

JJ Brown
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Appalachian State University

Mar 28