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An update from Stanford – a victory for free speech!

By: Caitlin Seery

Sharing this exciting update from students at Stanford. The administration has “found” enough funds to subsidize security for the conference, removing the effective tax on free speech.

March 20, 2014

CONTACT Judith Romea, President, Stanford Anscombe Society at

The Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) is pleased to report that the administration has “found” sufficient funds to subsidize the full cost of security at our upcoming Communicating Values conference.

The news came less than 24 hours after the Stanford Anscombe Society’s submission of a letter to Provost John W. Etchemendy in which the SAS requested that the security fee be removed since it imposed a tax on free speech.  Nanci Howe, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities and Leadership (SAL), emailed the Anscombe student leaders with the news: “Hi everyone.  Found more funds to subsidize the full cost of the security. ”

“We are delighted that Stanford University has demonstrated its continuing commitment to free speech by providing appropriate security for our event, rather than forcing us to pay for our own safety on campus,” said Judy Romea, SAS co-president.

“Since we no longer face this financial burden which had forced us to scale back the conference and cancel some speakers’ sessions, we are considering whether and how to revise the schedule so we can host the conference as originally planned and even open up certain sessions to the entire Stanford community. We are really grateful for the administration’s continuing support as we move forward,” continued Romea.

The Communicating Values conference aims to help university students and young adults promote the values of marriage, family, and sexual integrity to the broader popular culture. Featuring speakers at the forefront of this effort, the conference will allow students to network with other individuals who are willing to engage in intellectual and civil discourse about the issues of marriage, family, and sexual integrity. The Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) is a student group that promotes discussion regarding the roles of the family, marriage, and sexual integrity in the lives of Stanford students both now and after graduation. SAS is neither religiously nor politically affiliated, instead basing its positions on human principles. The Stanford Anscombe Society is part of a network of 25 similar student organizations on campuses including Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia that make up the Love and Fidelity Network.


The Love and Fidelity Network is the principal program of the Collegiate Cultural Foundation a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.