Free speech training - message from Board of Regents

February 2, 2022


Dear Iowa State Community,

Please read the important message below from Iowa Board of Regents President Michael Richards and Regent Greta Rouse.

Wendy Wintersteen, President


Campus Community:

The Board of Regents and Iowa’s public universities are committed to supporting the principles of free expression guaranteed by the First Amendment for all members of our campus community. The first step in creating a campus environment where different viewpoints are welcome is to understand the basic principles of First Amendment rights to free expression. 

The Board and the universities created a 15-20 minute training module to assist members of the campus community in better understanding rights to free expression. All faculty, staff and students are expected to complete this training prior to the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Your participation in this training is important to our continued commitment to providing an educational, living and working environment that protects the First Amendment rights of all members of the campus community.

Accessing the training

The free speech training module will appear on students’ Canvas dashboard. Faculty and staff can access the training here via Learn@ISU. Completing the training on a laptop or desktop computer is recommended.

Thank you for your time and contribution to our great universities.

Michael Richards, President, Board of Regents             

Greta Rouse, Chair, Board of Regents Free Speech Committee