Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State
Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, faces 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?
Each semester, the Appalachian Community investigates these questions, and others like them, through intentional programming designed to explore meaningful, challenging issues respectfully.
2018 Schedule of Events
- Nov12Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App StateMonday, November 12, 20187:00pm-9:00pm420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)Free and open to the public
- Nov13Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App StateTuesday, November 13, 20185:30pm-7:00pm201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)Free and open to the public
- Nov14Keynote Part Two: Stewart Harris: Of Fascists and Snowflakes: Liberty, Equality, and the Modern American UniversitySay What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App StateWednesday, November 14, 20187:00pm-9:00pm124 Reich College of Education Building (Gordon Gathering Hall)Free and open to the public
- Nov15Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App StateThursday, November 15, 20189:00pm-10:00pm417 Plemmons Student Union (Beacon Heights)Free and open to the public
- Nov16Freedom of Expression on a Public University Campus – Where Do I Fit In? A webinar program for faculty and staffSay What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App StateFriday, November 16, 20182:00pm155 Plemmons Student Union (Tater Hill)Registration is required
- Office of the Chancellor
- Division of Academic Affairs
- Division of Student Affairs
- Student Government Association
- Residence Hall Association
- Co-Chair – Dr. Jacqui Bergman, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
- Co-Chair – Dr. Jonathon Hyde, Dean of Students & Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
- Dr. Phillip Ardoin, Chair, Department of Government and Justice Studies
- Danielle Carter, Director, Multicultural Student Development
- Jeff Cathey, Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, Student Affairs
- Matthew Dockham, Director of External Affairs & Community Relations
- Dr. Willie Fleming, Chief Diversity Officer
- Hank Foreman, Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff
- Chris Grulke, Assistant Marketing Director for Strategy & Analytics, University Communications
- Megan Hayes, Chief Communications Officer
- Brigitte Kelly, Vice President, Student Government Association
- Leonie Kruger, Office of the Dean of Students
- Paul Meggett, University General Counsel
- Traci Royster, Director of Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives, Student Affairs
- Leroy Wright, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
- UNC System campus free speech and free expression resources
- University social media guidelines
- Global thinking local action at App State
- Faculty Senate freedom of speech policy resolution (Nov. 2017)
- Appalachian earns FIRE's highest rating for protecting free speech (Sep. 2017)
- Faculty Senate statement on Freedom of Speech (Feb. 2017)