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.

UF College of Journalism and Communications' Clay Calvert and Frank LoMonte explain what the First Amendment covers in terms of free speech

The CJC’s Clay Calvert and Frank LoMonte talk a bit about what the First Amendment covers in terms of free speech...READ MORE


UF College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director speaking on the First Amendment

The Brechner Center answers queries about media law from journalists, attorneys, and other members of the public. The Center is prepared to explain issues...READ MORE


When controversial speakers come to campus

College campuses are crucibles for free-speech controversies. This year is no exception...READ MORE


UF Journalism School Dean: ‘Our Obligation As Journalists’ To Cover Spencer

Dean of the College of Journalism and Communications Diane McFarlin discussed the role that journalism education plays in the atmosphere of controversial speakers on campus in this piece with...READ MORE


A Conversation on the First Amendment Panel

Faculty from across disciplines spoke on raising the campus community’s knowledge of First Amendment issues, while addressing the nuanced relationship between free speech and campus climate. Panelists were Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the College of Journalism and Communications; Professor Kenneth Nunn, Associate Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Levin College of Law, and Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center; Associate Professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. James Tyger, JD, Director, Student Government Advising & Operations, served as moderator.

The event was hosted by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information in the College of Journalism and Communications, and the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) at the Levin College of Law.

To watch the archived event CLICK HERE.


UF's tradition of inclusion and engagement

UF's tradition of inclusion and engagement

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