Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 1: System of Governance

01:13:00   Freedom of Speech and Expression

Related Policies and Guidelines

TBR Policy Freedom of Speech and Expression

TBR Policy Student Rights and Freedoms

NeSCC Policy 03:05:01 Student Rights and Freedoms

NeSCC Policy 03:05:10 Student Complaints and Compliments

Northeast State Community College is committed to preserving students’ fundamental constitutional right to free speech in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy Freedom of Speech and Expression and with TCA § 49-7-2401 The Campus Free Speech Protection Act (2018).

Northeast State protects the lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, while providing students the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, learn, and discuss any issue, subject to constitutional time, place, and manner restrictions or other measures that do not violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or Article I, Section 19 of the Tennessee Constitution.

Within this framework, the College recognizes the individual’s right to freedom from the obstruction or interference with the expression of views that others may reject. This aligns with the following definition of student-on-student harassment found in TCA § 49-7-2406 that provides the context for any related harassment complaints in such matters:

Student-on-student harassment means unwelcome conduct directed toward a person that is discriminatory on a basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law and that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim's access to an educational opportunity or benefit.

Complete policies, procedures, and guidelines related to freedom of speech and expression are available on the TBR website (www.tbr.edu) or by clicking the TBR Policy Freedom of Speech and Expression link.

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Revision History: Adopted: Jan. 2020