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Free Speech Policy Compendium

Policies and statements related to free speech on campus

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As issues related to free speech continue to fuel debate and unrest on college campuses, senior leaders are actively reviewing institutional policies to better prepare for controversial external speakers, campus activism, and an increasingly politicized environment across higher education. For example, a recent survey of provosts from Inside Higher Ed found that nearly 4 in 10 respondents agree or strongly agree “that current world events have stressed their institution’s speech policies to the point that they may need to be revisited.”

Institutions without current and/or comprehensive free speech policies risk finding themselves grappling with complex situations on the fly, leaving themselves vulnerable to increased scrutiny from students, faculty, staff, alumni, third-party organizations, and the media.

To help institutions re-evaluate their policies and statements related to free speech on campus, EAB developed this Free Speech Policy Compendium. This resource provides campus leaders and their teams with free speech policy and statement examples from a variety of institutions in the United States and Canada.

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