Course Details

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.

Professor Peter Lake


COMPLIANCE U™ features the work and expertise of Professor Peter F. Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law.

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).


  • Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law
  • Interim Director of Title IX Compliance at Stetson University
  • Internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy
  • Alpha Chi Omega women's fraternity, Vision Award 2003
  • Featured author at the 2008 Pivotal Publications Colloquium at the University of Connecticut
  • Distinguished speaker for the 18th annual Jack Beyerl Student Affairs Lecture at Ball State University in 2013.
  • Peter Lake is professor of law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He has spent over 25 years in the classroom, teaching law students. He is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been quoted or referred to in hundreds of newspapers and court opinions throughout the United States. Professor Lake, an award-winning academic, has authored numerous law review articles, books, and other publications. Professor Lake is a highly sought after speaker and he has served as a presenter or keynote speaker at several hundred international, national, regional, and local meetings. He has trained thousands of campus personnel on many student safety and other campus issues, including student mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, sex discrimination, and free speech issues. Professor Lake is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
  • Higher education law and policy
  • Teaches and writes in the areas of torts, higher education law and policy, insurance and jurisprudence
  • Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education (2008)
  • Former member, Journal of College and University Law
  • The Four Corners of Title IX Regulatory Compliance: A Primer for American Colleges and Universities (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. 2017)
  • Higher Education and the Law: Cases and Materials [with Judith Areen] (West Academic Publishing 2014)
  • The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University: The Rise of the Facilitator University (Carolina Academic Press 2013)
  • Foundations of Higher Education Law & Policy: Basic Legal Rules, Concepts and Principles for Student Affairs (NASPA 2011)
  • Beyond Discipline – Managing the Modern Higher Education Environment (Hierophant Enterprises, Inc. 2009)
  • Former member, Center for Academic Integrity
  • Former member, Review board for the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center
  • Gain knowledge regarding the legal foundations of free speech and expression.
  • Better understand the role of legal counsel in First Amendment issues. Master First Amendment, Free Speech & Expressive Identity “building blocks.”
  • Be able to perform basic who/what/when/where analysis. Identify potential future trends in First Amendment, Free Speech & Expressive Identity and future legal issues.

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