Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies

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Core Competencies: Communications, Management, Planning
Originally presented on April 6, 2010
This is the archived version

College union and student activities professionals often play a clear role in the enforcement of policies that regulate the time, place, and manner of free speech activity on campus, and knowledge of the related legal issues are essential for effective professional practice. In the recent ACUI Competency Assessment, needs for education varied significantly among the different functional responsibilities of the ACUI membership. However, the one skill set that all professionals—regardless of their functional area within the college union—rated highly as a professional development need was "Knoweldge of Relevant Laws/Legal Requirements."

This one-hour online learning event addresses the common issues that have been observed in campus speech policies and that can easily lead to controversial cases against your institution, based on years of experience by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). During this program, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy William Creeley helps participants identify and correct these common mistakes in an effort to support campus administrators in stopping speech controversies on campus before they start.

This program is ideal for:

  • Administrators who write, communicate, and enforce campus speech policies
  • Advisors of student organizations and governance groups who provide information to students about their rights to engage in free speech activity
  • Operations and reservations staff who are responsible for knowing and enforcing campus speech policies

 ACUI members can access the materials for this presentation at no additional charge.

Program Fees

ACUI members: $99.00
Non-members: $139.00

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Updated June 21, 2015