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 Free Speech Debate

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

12:30pm - 1:30 pm
(for GICA CCP schools only)

UPDATE: We are excited to announce that we have the privilege of having William Thro as our guest speaker for this webinar.  With his extensive background in constitutional law and dealing with free speech issues, Bill is a nationally recognized speaker on this subject and will be able to provide the attendees with an overview of the law as well as providing specific examples of how free speech on private campuses differs from free speech on public campuses.

Please note also the change of time.  The webinar is now from 12:30 to 1:30.                                                               

Please encourage your student affairs, public relations, and any other folks on campus that would benefit from hearing from this well-respected and knowledgeable speaker on this important topic.

GICA is hosting a webinar created exclusively for Compliance Collaborative members. If you are unsure whether you represent a Compliance Collaborative member school, please contact Judy Spain.  If there are other folks on your campus that would be interested in attending this webinar training, please forward this information on to them.

What is free speech?  How does this concept actually work on your campus?  How do you implement a “free speech zone”?  What policies and procedures need to be in place to address these issues? 

When I was General Counsel at Eastern Kentucky University, I worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) to review our policies and procedures.  FIRE is a watchdog organization that monitors policies and procedures on college campuses and rates those policies. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech.  Eastern Kentucky University was designated the first “green light” school in Kentucky based on our revised policies.  How the University achieved that goal was a long process. 

Definitions, examples, and possible policies describing

  • protests against campus speakers, some of which received extensive media attention and many of which targeted conservative journalists, scholars, and political figures;1
  • free-speech zones, or areas of a campus to which protests and other contentious political activity are confined;
  • speech codes designed to prohibit discriminatory language and hate speech;
  • safe spaces designed to provide protection for historically marginalized groups; and
  • trigger-warning policies intended to alert students to course material that could trigger preexisting mental conditions.

Note – In light of President Trump’s announcement on Saturday, March 2nd to the Conservative Political Action Conference that very soon he will unleash an executive order “requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal research dollars”, this webinar may morph into a discussion about what those statements could mean to private institutions.

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 4:30pm.  Registration and log-in information will be sent to registrants on Monday, March 25, 2019. 

Presenter/Facilitator: Judy Spain, J.D., CCEP
Judy currently serves as the GICA Compliance Program Consultant.  She is a tenured Professor, an attorney licensed in Kentucky, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.  She served as General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Eastern Kentucky University and Manhattanville College, where she developed and inplemented compliance programs.  Judy is author of the first book on higher education compliance, "Higher Education Compliance: Blueprint for Success".

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