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Freedom of Expression & Expressive Conduct

Fostering an ethos of inquiry while building community and empowering lives of purpose, service and leadership

Freedom of Expression at AU

麻豆果冻传媒 is committed to protecting free expression for all members of its community. Protections for free expression play an essential role in creating space for individuals to practice the ethos of inquiry, which is fundamental to the mission of a university.

Each member of this community balances their right to free inquiry with their responsibility to be open to listening and learning, respect the rights of others, and acknowledge each person鈥檚 human dignity. Through this balance, AU聽creates聽and maintains an environment that can advance knowledge, foster intellectual curiosity, encourage creative expression, build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

鈥斅from the AU Policy on Freedom of Expression & Expressive Conduct

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Freedom of Expression & Expressive Conduct

On academic freedom, creative work and聽journalism;聽community life, speakers and聽protests;聽limits and聽responsibilities.

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Values - Integrity

Statement of Values

AU聽is committed to protecting expression in the service of its academic mission. This statement explains the spirit in which we understand this commitment.

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Programs & Resources

Check out related AU programs,聽as well as these helpful guides and resources.

These guides, manuals, and pages聽provide useful information and insights on freedom of expression.

Freedom of Expression in the News

President Sylvia Burwell discusses free speech as Johns Hopkins president Ron Daniels sitts next to her, with moderator Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill of the Bipartisan Policy Center on her other side.

Panel Explores Free Speech at Universities

President Burwell discussed freedom of expression with other higher education leaders.

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A group of student protesters viewed from above. Several are holding signs, one reading "Black Lives Matter" is visible.

The Power of Free Speech

The Project on Civil Discourse helps students balance聽competing ideas in today's polarized society.

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The front of Kerwin Hall during the day with some students sitting at tables in front of the building, taken by The Eagle's Joshua Katz.

Student Reflections on Freedom of Speech

The Eagle examines campus tensions and student viewpoints around free speech.

More Than Words: Panel on Free Expression

Sylvia M. Burwell, president of 麻豆果冻传媒; Taffye Benson Clayton, vice president for inclusion and diversity at Auburn University; and Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University discuss the importance and complexity of building a campus community and culture of free inquiry and speech and inclusivity. Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center鈥檚 Campus Free Expression Project, moderates the panel.