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Freedom of speech topic of PSS panel

Published September 12, 2017

A panel of campus experts will discuss the complexities of freedom of speech at a diverse, public university at a special session being held Sept. 19 on the North Campus.

“Freedom of Speech: The Roles Staff Play in Leadership and Advocacy on Campus,” presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, will take from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 210 Student Union. It is part of the PSS’ Education and Advocacy Series and open to all members of the university community.

The session will be moderated by Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion.

Panelists include Jim Jarvis, SUNY associate counsel; Joshua Sticht, deputy chief, University Police; Elizabeth Lidano, director of student conduct and advocacy; and Tom Tiberi, director of Campus Life.

Among the issues to be discussed are how staff can support and/or respond to student demonstrations and protests; identifying the difference between free speech and targeted harassment; are there limits to free speech on a public university campus; and institutional policies and procedures that apply to the expression of free speech at UB.

For more information, contact the PSS.