Dean of Students

Freedom of Expression

We value your rights

As a public institution, the University values the freedom of expression and the right to petition and peacefully assembly as in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

First Amendment of United States Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


In the Dean of Students Office, we think of freedom of expression in terms of protecting your rights – and those of your fellow students – to choose for yourself what you want to hear and consider, and how to respond to speech with which you disagree.

We hope that by exploring the resources on this website Huskies will understand more fully the value free expression adds to your education, the impact it can have on other students’ education, and how to respond to others’ expression in a way that feels right for you and advances our community.

Free Speech vs Hate Speech on College Campuses

Marketplace of Ideas

Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions

Protected vs. Unprotected Speech

Controversial Speech

Academic Freedom

External Resources

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