"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

– the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

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Free Expression Guide

The University of Iowa Libraries has resources, links and suggested readings related to freedom of expression. Explore them!

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Explore the Constitution

The Constitution Annotated provides a comprehensive overview of how the Constitution has been interpreted over time and is now available on this new site with upgraded search capabilities. 

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Report a Free Speech Concern

If you have a question or concern regarding free speech or expression on campus please report your concern to the Office of the Dean of Students and Free Speech Leadership Team.


View the new video series and use additional resources to understand free speech and freedom of expression better.

Get involved

The Mindful and Engaged Hawkeyes initiative encourages students to engage in advocacy, be active in their communities, learn from and listen to others, and be inspired to lead change. 


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.