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Checklist: Handling Controversial Speakers on Campus

Melanie Bennett, Esq.
April 2021

Why Read This

When divisive figures speak on campus, protests often follow. Advance planning can minimize the potential for violence and maintain a peaceful campus. This checklist is designed to help higher education institutions take appropriate actions when a controversial speaker comes to campus. It outlines steps to help your institution:

  • Plan for controversial speakers coming to campus
  • Determine how to create a sound security plan and how to have appropriate security staffing
  • Provide proper event management
  • Learn how to conduct post-event evaluations, including closed debriefs with the planning team to identify areas for improvement

 

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