Students’ First Amendment Rights: From Fundamental to Advanced Certification

Educational law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will cover the most critical First Amendment concerns of colleges and universities. You will learn how to find the sweet spot between student free speech and institutional community values.

Benefits of Certification

  • Recognize and protect free speech on your campus
  • Update your knowledge to reflect the latest regulations and case law
  • Protect your institution from potential legal liability
  • Prove your expertise to colleagues, students, and regulators
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How free should speech be on your campus?

In September, a Florida university agreed to pay a settlement and discontinue its bias response team, which students claimed punished them for expressing their opinions. This lawsuit is one example of the ongoing reconciliation between free speech and campus climate that colleges and universities face this academic year.

You need to know the foundation of the First Amendment and discover its most recent interpretation for higher education campuses through regulations and case law. To prepare for possible changes ahead, you should review and update policies and procedures at your institution.

Even private colleges and universities, while not directly subject to the First Amendment, must face student and faculty free-speech demands. State constitutions and statutes, court opinions, advocacy organizations like the ACLU and FIRE, as well as commitments in student and faculty handbooks, are all potential sources of free speech and academic freedom, that private institutions ignore at their peril.

The Students’ First Amendment Rights Certification program will enable you to:

  • Recognize and protect free speech on your campus
  • Update your knowledge to reflect the latest regulations and case law
  • Protect your institution from potential legal liability
  • Prove your expertise to colleagues, students, and regulators

Students’ First Amendment Rights: From Fundamental to Advanced Certification

Webinar 1: The First Amendment and Higher Education: Overview

Webinar 2: The Landscape of Student Speech: Speech Codes, Safe Spaces, Hate Speech, and Microaggressions

Webinar 3: First Amendment Rights: Managing Student Protests and Outside-Speaker Requests

Webinar 4: First Amendment Rights: Student Journalists, Broadcasters, and Bloggers

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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
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Training includes
  • Students’ First Amendment Rights: From Fundamental to Advanced Certification
  • 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