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Free Speech

    Iowa State University embraces its role as a First Amendment campus and is committed to the constitutional protections of free expression. The protections afforded by the First Amendment are core values of Iowa State and fundamental to the university’s mission to create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

    Board of Regents Policy on Free Expression

    The Board of Regents is committed to the principles of free expression embodied in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Iowa. Any member of the campus community who believes their right to free speech or expression has been violated may file a complaint with the Executive Director of the Board of Regents as outlined in their policy.

    Free Speech Training

    The Board of Regents and Iowa's public universities have created a training program to assist members of the campus community in better understanding their rights to free expression. Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the training annually.

    The training is available on students' Canvas dashboard. Faculty and staff can access the training via Workday Learning.


    • Student employees should complete the training in Canvas.
    • Completing the training on a laptop or desktop computer is recommended; please be sure to enable pop-ups in your Internet browser.
    • Be sure to follow the instructions on the last slide to properly exit the course and receive credit for your participation.

    Trouble accessing the training? Contact Iowa State's IT Solution Center: solution@iastate.edu, or 515-294-4000.