Free Speech, Campus Activism, and Strategies for Responding to Student Concerns

January 20

This webinar examines the legal and policy implications of free speech in the context of student activism. With Yik Yak, microaggressions, and student protests as a backdrop, presenters will explore how to craft effective, meaningful, and constitutional responses to student activism while preserving academic freedom and promoting the free exchange of ideas.

A hypothetical scenario will set the stage for this webinar. It covers voiced opposition to monuments honoring controversial historical figures, anonymous Yik Yak threats, sit-ins, academic freedom, and more. As the presenters walk you through the scenario, they will identify and discuss the salient legal issues, as well as their policy implications. For each scenario, presenters will also offer strategies for proactively and reactively responding to student and institutional concerns.

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