Free Speech Training Available
The Board of Regents and Iowa’s public universities are committed to supporting the principles of free expression guaranteed by the First Amendment for all members of our campus community. The first step in creating a campus environment where different viewpoints are welcome is to understand the basic principles of First Amendment rights to free expression.
The Board and the universities created a 15-20 minute training module to assist members of the campus community in better understand rights to free expression. All faculty, staff and students at Iowa's Regent Universities are expected to complete this training prior to the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Participation in this training is important to our continued commitment to providing an educational, living and working environment that protects the First Amendment rights of all members of our campus communities.
As of the end of February, 20 percent of students and 17 percent of faculty and staff have completed the training at the University of Iowa; at Iowa State, 13 percent of students and 50 percent of faculty and staff have completed; and 19 percent of students and 36 percent of faculty and staff have completed the training at UNI.