Freedom of Speech 101
Explore the issues of freedom of speech and expression at Appalachian State University through a brief examination of the local (UNC Policy 1300.8), historical and legal underpinnings of the topic. Participants will deepen their knowledge of what it means to be a staff member at a public university in the UNC System with an open campus.
Hosted by Dr. Jonathon Hyde, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students and Karla Rusch, J.D., Student Legal Clinic
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.
Join us for a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums.