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Freedom of Speech and Response to Reports of Bias

In responding to reports of bias, UT will not violate the First Amendment rights of students, faculty, or staff.

Even when an incident of bias occurs, disciplinary or corrective action may not be taken toward the offender if it is determined that the act of bias was a protected exercise of their freedom of expression.

As a result, in many situations, the Bias Education and Response Team’s response to a bias incident will take the form of supporting the students adversely impacted by the bias incident.

The team will facilitate services such as counseling, health services, or other referrals as needed to address safety concerns and to provide assistance and comfort to those impacted.

More information is available at freespeech.utk.edu »

 

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