Protected Expression

By August 28, 2013

* Expressive behavior related to subject matter: A faculty or academic staff member’s selection of instructional materials shall not be the basis for discipline if the material selected is germane to the subject of the course. However, if the Faculty Harassment/Discrimination Committee finds, at a formal hearing, that the faculty or academic staff member’s claim that the materials are germane to the subject of the course is clearly unreasonable, it shall not be an acceptable defense to the use of such material.
* A faculty or academic staff member’s expressive behavior shall not be the basis for discipline if the behavior constitutes an opinion or statement germane to the subject matter of the course. However, if the Faculty Harassment/Discrimination Committee finds, at a formal hearing, that the faculty or academic staff member’s claim that the expressive behavior is clearly unreasonable, it shall not be an acceptable defense to the use of such behavior.
* Expressive Behavior related to teaching techniques: A faculty or academic staff member’s selection of teaching techniques shall not be the basis for discipline unless the Committee at the formal hearing finds clearly unreasonable the faculty or academic staff member’s claims that the objective cannot be accomplished as effectively by techniques less likely to cause harm.