Freedom of Expression

The primary function of East Carolina University is the discovery, improvement, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge by means of research, teaching, discussion, and debate. To fulfill this function, the University must strive to ensure the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The diverse ideas and opinions of members of the University Community will sometimes conflict. However, intellectual conflict may give rise to the theories and concepts that drive our society forward and must not be suppressed solely because they are thought by others to be offensive, unwise, immoral, disagreeable or wrongheaded.

East Carolina University Related Polices:

Freedom of Expression Regulation

Use of University Property – Interim

Student Grievance – Interim

University of North Carolina System Related Polices:

1300.8 Policy on Free Speech and Free Expression Within the University of North Carolina System


State of North Carolina Related Polices:

Campus Free Speech

Article I, Section 14 of the North Carolina Constitution

East Carolina University Freedom of Expression Staff:

ECU Campus Wide
Paul H. Zigas, University Counsel & Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
Campus Deputy
Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor in Student Affairs

Campus Resources:

Central Reservations Office
(252) 328-4755
Reporting a Concern
(252) 328-4701
ECU Police
(252) 328-6787
Dean of Students Office
(252) 328-9297
Student Organizations
(252) 328-1808

Additional Resources:

Campus Free Speech and Free Expression

UNC School of Law First Amendment Law Review

Speech on Campus

UNC School of Government Free Speech

Campus Events:

University Calendar