Letter to the Campus Community –
November 22, 2014

Dear Marquette community,

As the leader of Marquette University, I want to address important issues of respect, professionalism and academic freedom. I believe all these values must be present if we as a community are able to have productive discussions, even in the midst of disagreements.

This is a matter of official policy, but it’s also a matter of our values. Respect is at the heart of our commitment to the Jesuit tradition and Catholic social teaching.

Interim Provost Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan previously expressed the university’s guidelines and processes to ensure that all of our faculty, staff and students are treated fairly. I want to reiterate those points to the entire Marquette community.

We are dedicated to uphold academic freedom and to maintain an environment in which the dignity and worth of each member of our community is respected, especially students. We deplore hatred and abuse directed at a member of our community in any format.

Please know that we listen to any member of the campus community who expresses concerns alleging inappropriate behavior. As stated in our harassment policy, the university will not tolerate personal attacks or harassment of or by students, faculty and staff.

To be clear, we will take action to address those concerns. ​

I understand that emotions may run high during discussions and debate, inside and outside of the classroom. But let’s not lose sight of the need to maintain respect for each other.

As St. Ignatius taught us: “Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak." ​

Michael R. Lovell

Marquette University campus


Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University. A distinguished scholar, researcher, educator and leader, President Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

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