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First Amendment Speech Rights of Teachers and Other Public University Personnel: Down But Apparently Not Out  

Author:  Ralph  Gerstein.; Lois Gerstein.

Source: Volume 16, Number 02, Winter 2015 , pp.29-33(5)

Campus Safety & Student Development

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Universities are a marketplace for ideas, and teachers, student affairs professionals, and other university personnel often deal with controversial subjects. Sometimes, their expression of views antagonizes administrations, boards, or state office holders who have decision-making authority regarding tenure or promotion. Do staff and faculty have protection against adverse personnel actions if their viewpoints clash with university administrators or governing bodies? This article explores several relevant speech cases that have important implications for faculty and staff.

Keywords: Lane v. Franks; Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Sch. Dist.;Keyishian v. Bd. of Regents of the State of New York; Pickering v. Bd. of Education of Township High School No. 205, Will County, Illinois; Connick v. Myers; Garcetti v. Ceballos; Renken v. Grego

Affiliations:  1: Co-Editor; 2: Co-Editor.

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