Free Speech and the Right to Associate

Texas A&M University is a public university. As such, faculty and staff are government actors (also known as state actors). The U.S. Constitution and, in particular, First (freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition), Fourth (protections against unreasonable searches and seizures), and Fourteenth (due process and equal protection) Amendment rights are guaranteed when government actors (faculty and staff) interact with individuals (students). The constitutional dimension of the university/student relationship is no more evident than in the First Amendment rights of free speech and the freedom to associate.

Free Speech and the Right to Associate (PDF)

Expressive Activity  (PDF)

AAU Presidents and Chancellors Reaffirm Commitment to Free Speech on Campus 

APLU Statement on Public Universities’ Commitment to Free Speech