Untangling the Threads: 2018 State Legislation Addressing Campus Speech Concerns
Last week's decision by NFL owners to exact penalties on players and teams who choose to kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem is just the most recent in a long history of concerns around speech and protest - who gets to speak on which topics when and how - in our country. A number of high-profile incidents involving controversial speakers on college campuses in recent years has focused the attention of lawmakers on the idea of a crisis of free speech in higher education. The fact that public institutions of higher education are considered government actors held to the strictures of the First Amendment complicates matters, though there are many threads to the conversations around threats to speech on college campuses and not all of them apply to constitutional rights. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews some of those threads and provide examples from some of the nearly 50 pieces of legislation in 30 states that has been introduced or considered in 2018 relating to campus speech.
The First Amendment and the Inclusive Campus: Effective Strategies for Leaders in Student Affairs
Following numerous high-profile incidents involving provocative speakers and organizations on college and university campuses, student affairs leaders are revisiting free speech policies and practices to ensure alignment with the First Amendment. Student affairs educators are also exercising care and precaution to maintain the integrity of their institutional commitments to diversity and inclusion. This issue of Policy and Practice describes First Amendment principles, provides pertinent case studies, and summarizes effective practices to help leaders manage controversial speakers and demonstrators while promoting inclusive campus environments.
May 28th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates at the state and federal levels between 5/22/2018 and 5/28/2018.
Judicial Proceedings Update: Trans Rights
This post is the second in a series of judicial updates that provides an overview of current developments and corresponding implications for higher education and student affairs professionals. Today’s post, written by NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali, will focus on trans rights.
May 22nd NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates at the state and federal levels between 5/15/2018 and 5/22/2018.