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Campus Free Speech Resources for Higher Ed

Campus Free Speech Resources for Higher Ed


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In a democratic society, colleges and universities play an essential role in ensuring vigorous debate on important matters. This free exchange of ideas is vital to civic participation, whether through educationally appropriate classroom discussions, extracurricular campus events or protests on the quad.

To help our members navigate these challenges, the AFT has assembled resources to address the following questions:

  • What is appropriate to discuss in our classrooms, and how can we ensure that classroom discussions are open and productive?
  • What role can faculty, staff and administrators play in ensuring that extracurricular campus programming, including guest speakers, are moments where uncomfortable conversations can occur while respecting everyone’s right to free speech?
  • How can we maintain a campus environment free of intimidation and threats of violence, where every member of the campus community feels like they can speak out publicly about matters of public importance?



Free Speech_Free Exchange Resources_American Federation of Teachers.pdf

January 16, 2024
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