First Amendment Rights: Managing Student Protests and Outside-Speaker Requests

Higher education legal expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will explain how to accommodate divergent ideas while keeping your campus safe. You will learn techniques to balance First Amendment rights with individual protections that you can use immediately.

What You'll Learn

  • May students protest controversial issues? How should you contain them?
  • Must you allow all outside speakers, no matter how controversial?
  • How can you balance decorum and freedom on your campus?
  • What types of speech does the First Amendment cover? Are there exceptions?
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Training Overview

Your 2022–23 Campus Speakers: Too controversial?

This academic year, colleges and universities across the nation have already hosted controversial speakers, faced student protests, and struggled to create climates that welcome conflicting views without creating conflict. Protecting students from hate while adhering to laws permitting free speech is a duty all institutions must fulfill.

You need to balance First Amendment rights with the need to maintain civil dialogue on campus. To accomplish this, you must understand the latest case law and government expectations.

  • May students protest controversial issues? How should you contain them?
  • Must you allow all outside speakers, no matter how controversial?
  • How can you balance decorum and freedom on your campus?
  • What types of speech does the First Amendment cover? Are there exceptions?

Learn answers to our questions and more during our upcoming webinar.

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Who Should Attend?
  • Presidents
  • Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Vice presidents
  • Vice provosts
  • Deans
  • Associate and assistant deans
  • Academic department chairpersons
  • Diversity and equity professionals
  • Student affairs professionals
  • Title IX coordinators
  • Compliance officers
  • University counsel
  • Public-safety management
  • Faculty
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Jim Castagnera
  • Member and the Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
  • Member of Portum Group International LLC, a cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia
  • Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University
  • 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • 23 years as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University
  • Holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University
  • J.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University