Free speech and challenging conversations program details

To support discourse around challenging topics, voluntary development opportunities are being offered to complement previously announced required free speech training.

Required training

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa 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 communities. 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 of Regents 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. 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.

Faculty and staff should go to and select First Amendment Training. They can also access their compliances from HR Self-Service.

Students should visit and select the First Amendment Training course from their course list.

Voluntary panel conversations

Curious about University of Iowa-specific policies and expectations of free speech on campus? Two opportunities to experience a virtual panel are available. Each panel will feature free speech experts from the Office of Institutional Equity, the College of Law, the Office of the Dean of Students, UI Human Resources, and the Office of the Ombudsperson. If you are a faculty or staff member, click here to register for a panel. If you are a student, email to register.

Voluntary workshops

Interested in diving deeper into inclusive practices for dialogue and debate? An interactive workshop facilitated by experts from Inclusive Education and Strategic Initiatives, the OTLT Center for Teaching, the Division of Student Life, UI Human Resources, and the Iowa Program for Public Life will be offered six times. Each workshop will offer opportunities to practice specific skills and explore scenarios related to free speech. If you are a faculty or staff member, click here to register for a workshop. If you are a student, email to register.

Panel and workshop schedule

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 Panel Conversation  Noon to 1 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 17, 2022 Workshop  3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 22, 2022 Workshop    9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Fri. Mar. 4, 2022 Workshop    8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Wed. Mar. 9, 2022 Panel Conversation 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 21, 2022 Workshop 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 1, 2022 Workshop 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Thurs. Apr. 7, 2022 Workshop 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Inclusive Education and Strategic Initiatives in advance at 319-353-2388 or

Additional online resources

Panel Discussions

These videos include UI faculty and staff discussing free speech.