Managing Student Activism Webcast Recording



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Learn how to balance students’ First Amendment rights with your institutional interest in maintaining a productive educational environment. Through case studies from real-life examples, you will get expert tips on how to effectively and appropriately address student activism in classrooms, on campus grounds, on social media, off campus, and more.

Understanding the legal standards governing students’ rights and acceptable restrictions goes a long way toward protecting your students’ freedom and institution’s reputation. With public demonstrations and symbolic expressions continuing to rise on campus, you cannot afford to miss this training.

Who Should Attend

Risk managers, student affairs leadership, directors of student activities, general counsel, and safety managers will benefit from this webcast.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to handle common student activism challenges more effectively.


  • Principles of the Law
    • First Amendment rights
    • Public v. private institutions
  • The Balance Between Interests and Rights
    • Interests of the expression, institution, and audience
    • Acceptable restrictions
  • Types of Speech in a Higher Education Context
  • Case Study Examples and Discussion
  • Alternative Options
  • Final Q&A


Rhonda Vickers Beassie, J.D., Assistant General Counsel, Texas State University System

Rhonda Beassie is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, holds a BA in criminal justice from Hawaii Pacific University and earned an AA in Paralegal Studies from Honolulu Community College. Rhonda has fifteen years of higher education experience having served as supervisor of internships, director of student legal services, clinical faculty, and assistant dean of career development prior to transitioning to representing universities.


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