Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, is faced with the challenge of balancing a respect for and obligation to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution with an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.
- When members of our community express themselves in ways that belittle or degrade others, how do we address these actions?
- When members of our community view expressions of speech as threats, how do we ensure their safety?
- How can we protect freedom of speech and thought for all members of our community?
- Can we – or should we – use policy to address these matters?
Through a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums with experts in the field, our community explored these questions, and others.
- Office of the Chancellor
- Division of Academic Affairs
- Division of Business Affairs
- Division of Student Development
- Division of University Advancement
- Dr. Phillip Ardoin, chair, Department of Government and Justice Studies
- Dr. Lee Ball, director of sustainability
- JJ Brown, dean of students
- Jeff Cathey, director, Student Engagement & Leadership
- Dr. Sue Edwards, vice provost for faculty affairs
- Hank Foreman, interim chief of staff
- Megan Hayes, director, University Communications
- Traci Royster, director, Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives for student development
- Leroy Wright, interim vice chancellor for Student Development