In reponse to public pressure, SIU-Carbondale has reversed their new policy aimed at barring student athletes from expressing their views on social policies - including taking a knee.

The below statement can be attributed to Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications and Public Policy, ACLU of Illinois: 

"SIU has done the right thing by reversing this ill-conceived policy. Students at a public university should be able to weigh in on matters of public concern without threats of reprisals and discipline. This action represents an opportunity for the University to foster an active dialogue about a range of issues – including the need for police reform in our nation.  We hope the University will embrace this moment and create an atmosphere where views can be expressed and exchanged in a thoughtful manner."