March 5, 2020 • 12–2 PM ET

Free Speech and Bias Issues on Campus: Law, Policy, and Practice

Colleges and universities play a vital role in encouraging a robust discussion of ideas. But what happens when one person’s protected expression is considered harassment to another person on campus? From controversial external speakers to student activism, institutions are called upon to navigate a complex legal space. They must balance principles of free expression with appropriate responses to bias incidents that can interfere with student learning and potentially undermine institutional values.  

This webinar will address the legal landscape in this area as well as delve into practical considerations when addressing individual incidents. It will address:

  • The 6th Circuit’s decision in Speech First v. University of Michigan, Executive Orders on free speech and anti-Semitism, and regulatory activity by the Department of Education
  • Bias Response Teams: how they work, what they aim to do, and how institutions can use them effectively
  • Incident response protocol, including tips for equipping campus stakeholders with appropriate language and training for responding to incidents as they arise
  • Strategies to empower students to use their own voices to combat offensive speech
  • Tips for developing a strong institutional policy

Who Should Attend

This webinar will be of interest to in-house and outside counsel to colleges and universities, as well as administrators in the Office of the Provost, Diversity/EEO Office, Student Affairs Administrators, and others with responsibilities related to the diversity and inclusion programs and policies on campus.

Program Schedule

12:00 P.M. ET


Bias Incidents and Response: The Basics

Legal Landscape

Response: Practical Considerations

Institutional Policy Development Tips

The Future

Questions and Answers

2:00 P.M. ET



Ishan Bhabha

Named as one of Law360’s 2019 Appellate Rising Stars, Ishan K. Bhabha is a partner in Jenner & Block LLP’s litigation department and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court...

Allison B. Newhart

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Allison B. Newhart is Vice Chancellor and General Counsel for North Carolina State University, leading a team of attorneys providing legal services and advice to the university on matters ranging from compliance and...

Lee Tyner

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Lee Tyner was named the inaugural General Counsel at Texas Christian University in April, 2018.  Before coming to TCU, Lee was as an attorney at the University of Mississippi for almost twenty years, serving as General Counsel from...


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