The University’s mission includes the transmission and advancement of knowledge and understanding, the pursuit of which is dependent upon the ability of our faculty and students to remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding. The University supports and encourages freedom of inquiry for faculty members and students, to the end that they may responsibly pursue these goals through teaching, learning, research, discussion, and publication, free from internal or external restraints that would unreasonably restrict their academic endeavors. The University has explicitly stated that faculty and students of the University share the responsibility for maintaining an environment in which academic freedom flourishes and in which the rights of each member of the academic community are respected. Academic freedom has indeed been acknowledged by the Supreme Court as “of transcendent value to all of us” and “a special concern of the First Amendment, which does not tolerate laws that cast a pall of orthodoxy over the classroom.”

Pursuant to the Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech Act, the chair of the Board of Governors has designated the Board’s Committee on University Governance as the statutorily mandated Committee on Free Expression.


2020-21 Report on Free Speech and Expression Within the University (approved on September 15, 2021)

2019-20 Report on Free Speech and Expression Within the University (approved on September 17, 2020)

2018-19 Report on Free Speech and Expression Within the University (approved on September 19, 2019)

2017-18 Report on Free Speech and Free Expression Within the University (approved on September 12, 2018)

UNC Policy 1300.8 (Free Speech and Free Expression Within the University of North Carolina)

Chapter 600 of The Code (Freedom and Responsibility in the University Community)

Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech Act (G.S. 116-300)

Article I, Section 14 of the North Carolina Constitution, Freedom of speech and press.  Freedom of speech and of the press are two of the great bulwarks of liberty and therefore shall never be restrained, but every person shall be held responsible for their abuse.

Responsible Officers Across the UNC System

Each UNC constituent institution must identify officer(s) and/or offices or departments with responsibilities for ensuring compliance with the law and UNC policy, and for answering any related questions or concerns from students, faculty members, staff employees, or others.

APP STATEJeff CatheyAssistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Engagement &
APP STATEJamie ParsonInterim Chief Diversity
ECUPaul ZigasGeneral Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal
ECSUAlyn GoodsonVice Chancellor for Operations and General
ECSUTiffany HintonDirector of Community
FSUWanda JenkinsVice Chancellor of Legal, Audit, Risk and Compliance and General
FSUAngel PowellAssociate General
FSURegina RudisillDirector of Student
N.C. A&TMelissa Jackson HollowayVice Chancellor and General
NCCUJoy HartfieldAssistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of
NC STATEWarwick ArdenExecutive Vice Chancellor and or
NC STATEBrent McConkeyAssociate General
NC STATELisa ZapataSenior Associate Vice
UNCAJohn DoughertyAssistant General
UNC-CHBecci MenghiniVice
UNC-CHJonathan SaulsSenior Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Success and
UNC-CHKim StromDirector, Ethics Integrity and Policy Management, and
Smith P. Theimann Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work
UNCCJesh HumphreyVice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General
UNCGAlan BoyetteSenior Vice
UNCPR. Travis BryantAssoc. VC for Campus Safety and Emergency
UNCSADavid HarrisonVice Chancellor of Institutional Integrity and General
UNCWJohn SchererGeneral
WCUShea BrowningGeneral
WSSUCornelius GravesDirector of External
UNC SYSTEMAndrew TrippSenior Vice President and General

Information current as of March 21, 2022.