Open Expression Task Force

April 2019 Update

Principles of Open Expression have been drafted and are being reviewed by Faculty Senate, Student Government Organization, and Staff Council (see below). Feedback can be submitted on the principles until June 1. Three sub-groups will start meeting over the summer to review policies, protocols, and practices as they relate to protest and dissent, space reservation on campus, and bias incident response.


Feb. 22: "Freedom of Speech on Campus" Event

The Open Expression Task Force invites the University community to come together on Friday, Feb. 22, for an Arcadia UKnighted event, "Freedom of Speech on Campus," with Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath, professor of Education, Political Science, and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. The event is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. Please RSVP if you plan on attending; having an accurate number of attendees will allow the Open Expression Task Force to best plan for the event's community involvement. 

Dr. Ben-Porath will present on her book, Free Speech on Campus, which examines the current state of the free speech arguments through real-world examples and offers framework for re-thinking free-speech controversies both inside and outside the college classroom. 

The event also will examine the draft principles of open expression and definitions that the Open Expression Task Force have crafted for the Arcadia community. Community members are encouraged to review the attached principles and definitions and to provide feedback to the Task Force. 

Open Expression Definitions Principles of Open Expressions

About the Task Force

In November 2018, an Open Expression Task Force was formed, led by Dean of Students Andrew Goretsky and comprised of faculty, staff, and students, to address free speech and expression on campus and within the Arcadia community.

The Task Force has reviewed higher education open expression examples from colleges and universities around the country, read the book Free Speech on Campus, and is now working to draft principles for my review. Shortly after, the principles will be shared with the University community for input and feedback.