The First Amendment Clinic, partnering with UGA’s Office of Legal Affairs, hosted a class on June 19, 2020 for UGA faculty and staff focusing on campus free speech issues.
Offered through UGA’s Training & Development (T&D) Center and open to any UGA employee, the class explored the legal frameworks governing speech and expression rights for students, employees and visitors. Topic areas included forum analysis, time/place/manner restrictions, hate speech, public employee doctrine, academic freedom and heckler’s veto. The class will be offered once a semester going forward. UGA employees may register for this and other T&D classes each training quarter through the Professional Education Portal (PEP).
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