LBCC to hold forums on Free Expression

A public meeting for a proposed new administrative rule on Free Expression at Linn-Benton Community College will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Calapooia Center board room, room CC-103.

LBCC has formed a Free Expression Team to help the college create policy and rules around the subject of Free Expression.

The team’s purpose is to promote free expression activities to help stimulate conversations, learning, civil discourse and engagement across diverse views. The team is comprised of college faculty and administrators and chaired by Lynne Cox, associate dean of Student Affairs and Title IX coordinator.

The new rule proposes to establish three types of spaces or forums on campus: Open Public Forum; Limited Public Forum; and Non-Public Forum; with rights to freedom of expression varying based on the time and place of the speaker. The rule may impact other administrative rules, including: The Study of Controversial Issues; Academic Freedom; Facility Use; Posting on Campus; Co-Curricular Events and Speakers; and Student Rights. 

The first forum on free expression will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 in the Fireside Room, Calapooia Center, room CC-211, beginning with philosophical reflections and public input on the value and role of free expression on the community college campus.

The session will provide time for public input to discuss the importance of free expression in a college environment, the challenges and benefits of embracing free expression, the possible harm or hurt caused by some speech and where LBCC is going with free expression.

Open Q&A sessions will also be held for students, staff and the public to address questions and comments around the new Free Expression policy and administrative rule currently under development and other impacted college rules.

Q&A sessions will be held as follows:
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017:  9-9:50 a.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017:  11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017:  10-10:50 a.m., Fireside Room, CC-211
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017: 2-2:50 p.m., Fireside Room, CC-211

For more information, contact Lynne Cox, 541-917-4806. 

Request for Special Needs or Accommodations
Direct questions about or requests for special needs to the LBCC Disability Coordinator, RCH-105, 6500 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, Oregon 97321, Phone 541-917-4789 or via Oregon Telecommunications Relay TTD at 1-800-735- 2900 or 1-800-735-1232. Make sign language interpreting or real-time transcribing requests 2-4 weeks in advance. Make all other requests at least 72 hours prior to the event. LBCC will make every effort to honor requests. LBCC is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

LBCC Comprehensive Statement of Nondiscrimination
LBCC prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, use of native language, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. For further information see Board Policy P1015 in our Board Policies and Administrative Rules . Title II, IX, & Section 504: Scott Rolen, CC-108, 541-917-4425; Lynne Cox, T-107B, 541-917-4806, LBCC, Albany, Oregon. To report:


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