First Amendment, Free Speech & Expressive Identity (FAFSEI) 101 is the first and basic module in the First Amendment, Free Speech & Expressive Identity pathway, and will be a prerequisite for all other modules in the pathway. This module will address the legal foundations of the First Amendment, free speech, free expression and expressive identity. The module will be useful for public and private institutions, including faith and values-based institutions. The module will help participants gain a better understanding of the current environment of “extreme expression,” how to use and interact more effectively with legal counsel, and how to anticipate future trends and developments with respect to free expression in higher education. Participants will develop skills related to “who/what/when and where analysis”—a helpful heuristic to dissect and address law and policy issues related to expressive freedoms. Participants will learn about key stakeholders in the dynamic legal world of free expression, current trends in the law from the Supreme Court, and the critical role that contractual rights play in the interaction of competing expressive freedoms. The module is constructed with an eye towards critical issues of social justice and the decisive role student affairs administrators can play in promoting social justice on campus. The module Is highly recommended for individuals who pursue other pathways in Compliance U, as it will significantly inform work in other areas of campus compliance.
Lake is the developer of the “ Four Corners of Regulatory Compliance” framework and the author of, “ The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: The Rise of the Facilitator University” (2d ed. 2013) and “ Higher Education and the Law: Cases and Materials” (2014) (co-author J. Areen).