The University Senate, subject to the powers vested in the president of the university and the board of trustees, has the function and jurisdiction to review any change in existing policies or the establishment of new policies relating to matters of general university interest. To that end, it established the University Senate Committee for Open Expression.

Members of the University Senate Committee for Open Expression are appointed by the University Senate to:

  • Investigate alleged infringements of the rights of community members concerning speech, debate, open expression, protest, dissent, and other related matters between all members of the community
  • Provide education and training to the community about issues of speech, debate, open expression, protest, dissent, and other related matters
  • Provide resources and referrals to appropriate campus colleagues, as necessary
  • Regularly review this policy, its applicability, and recommend changes to the University Senate as necessary
  • Report annually on the status of the committee’s work for presentation to the University Senate and made available to the community
  • Engage in other responsibilities as necessary to implement this policy and its principles.

For more information, click here. If you are seeking guidance regarding the policy and your event, meeting, or protest, email openexpression@emory.edu. To file a concern regarding a possible violation of the policy with the committee, fill out this form.

The University Senate Committee for Open Expression is made up of:

  • Four faculty members
  • Three staff members
  • Five student members (at least two undergraduate students and two graduate/professional students representing different academic divisions of the institution)
  • One member of the Student Government Association’s Constitutional Council
  • One representative from Emory Campus Life