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Community feedback sought on freedom of expression policy

Emory Report | May 29, 2013

The Task Force on Dissent, Protest and Community continues to seek feedback on its draft policy on freedom of expression in the Emory community.

Comment will be taken until the end of the summer, with plans to submit policy revisions in September.  

At the May 15 Employee Council meeting, task force co-chair and Sam Nunn Professor of Law Frank Alexander explained that the purpose of the draft policy is "to affirm the importance of disagreement yet maintain the balance with respect."

A key recommendation in the proposed policy is to create a standing committee of the University Senate called the Committee or Commission on Free Expression.  

Noting that the definition of community encompasses everyone, Alexander said this group would be available "to all sides to brainstorm, to avoid conflicts to the maximum extent that we can, to promote freedom of expression."

Read the Respect for Freedom of Expression Policy draft and submit feedback online.