2018 NASPA Annual Conference

The Right to Vs. the Right Thing: Creating Balance Between Free Speech and Safe Spaces on Campus

The debate between the need for safe spaces versus the right to free expression has reached third rail status. To take a position at all between unfettered speech and immediate appeals to emotional safety is an invitation to cut short your career. It has not always been that way, college campuses have a rich history of speech interactions that were uncomfortable. This session will chronicle the history of campus speech protections and examine one campus's efforts to help safe spaces and free expression coexist without the imperative everyone play nice.


Tuesday, March 6
3:40 pm to 4:30 pm


118 B
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Presented by

Michael Preston, Executive Director, Florida Consortium, University of Central Florida
David Oglethorpe, University of Central Florida