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Issues in Higher Education: Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Isn't and Where It's Going

November 19, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Academic freedom, one of the most fundamental concepts of higher education, is often one of the most misunderstood. Administrators, faculty and courts differ significantly in their understandings of the doctrine and its scope. In an age when unions and advocacy groups boldly assert speech rights while regulations require institutions to investigate and address speech that is genuinely harassing, it is critical for higher education officials to understand the origins of academic freedom, arguments regarding its current scope, and changes that will occur in the coming years.

Join Husch Blackwell attorneys as we discuss important points that college and university officials need to know about academic freedom.


  • The origins of academic freedom in institutional policies and the First Amendment
  • The current scope of academic freedom
  • Misconceptions about academic freedom
  • The intersection between academic freedom and civil rights laws such as Title IX and Title VII
  • Trends in addressing academic freedom through policies and practices
Date and Time
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Noon - 1 p.m. (CST)
Michael Raupp, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Derek Teeter, Partner, Husch Blackwell

Who Should Attend
Higher education industry leaders, including in-house counsel, board members, senior administrators, deans, department chairs, and faculty

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas continuing legal education credit. 

The program is complimentary; however, registration is required.

Contact Shana Hoy at 816.983.8809.

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Michael T. Raupp


Derek T. Teeter