Free Speech - University of Florida

A Message from the President

A Message from the President

“I urge our campus community to join together, respect one another and promote positive speech, while allowing for differing opinions...It is up to every student, faculty member, staff member, and myself to demonstrate our university values of respect and inclusion in all that we do. We have an opportunity to lead the way.”

-W. Kent Fuchs

The University of Florida is a premier university that the state, nation, and world look to for leadership. Goal 1 of UF’s strategic plan describes the University as an exceptional academic environment that reflects the breadth of thought essential for preeminence, achieved by a community of students, faculty, and staff who have diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Freedom of Expression statement

As a world-class research institution, the University of Florida fosters an environment where divergent ideas, opinions and philosophies, new and old, can be rigorously discussed and critically evaluated in the academic environment. At the same time, as a public institution, UF must provide First Amendment protections to its students, employees and other members of the community... read the full statement here.


Clay Calvert Authors Article on U.S. Supreme Court 2017 Free-Speech Rulings

In this article, Clay Calvert analyzes less conspicuous, yet highly consequential aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s First Amendment rulings during the opening half of 2017...CLICK HERE.


Clay Calvert Pens Essay on the First Amendment and Extremist College Campus Speakers

In this essay, Calvert recounts the Oct. 2017 visit by white nationalist Richard Spencer to the UF campus...CLICK HERE.


Beyond the hashtag: Saving student newsrooms

There is a First Amendment crisis on America’s college campuses. It’s just not the one you’ve read about...CLICK HERE.


Learn more about the First Amendment and controversial speakers on college campuses

Learn more about the First Amendment and controversial speakers on college campuses

A presentation on controversial speakers and the first amendment.

The First Amendment and Controversial Speakers
UF's tradition of inclusion and engagement

UF's tradition of inclusion and engagement

Learn about some of the best practices designed to create a more inclusive environment already in place at the University of Florida.

Inclusion and Engagement
UF's Public Function Policy

UF's Public Function Policy

A comprehensive list of Public Function policies pertaining to the University of Florida.

Public Function Policy