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November 2, 2021

Please join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for the 2021 South Florida Health Forum taking place on November 2 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We look forward to reconnecting with you after a year away from our annual event!

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First Amendment Rights in the Virtual Schoolhouse: Challenges for Higher Ed and K-12 Schools in the Rush to Go Online

Hosted By Nelson Mullins

View the recorded webinar here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered classrooms and campuses across the country, forcing colleges, universities, and K-12 school systems to dive headfirst into technology-enabled distance learning to save the academic year for their students. The abrupt shift to online education for brick-and-mortar educational institutions raises a host of questions, both practical and legal, and requires adaptability and careful attention to the shifting demands of the virtual environment. Campus and district policies regarding student free speech, harassment, bullying, and academic freedom may no longer work as intended in the digital classroom, while the need for expression and safety for our students, teachers, and professors remains as important as ever.

Join our education law attorneys for a free, one-hour webinar to discuss how to balance First Amendment rights against the preservation of a safe, effective online educational environment.

This webinar will:

  • Outline the law on First Amendment protections for students, faculty, and staff;
  • Discuss emerging issues related to academic freedom, free speech, and expression in the virtual educational environment; and
  • Provide practical guidance on regulating, and if necessary, disciplining online speech, instructional content, pedagogical methods, and grading.

More on our Education Law Webinar Series:

Nelson Mullins hosts a yearlong series of free webinars focusing on myriad legal issues faced by education institutions. Our upcoming webinars will focus on forthcoming Title IX regulations, hot topics in diversity and inclusion, students with disabilities, and other topics. We hope you will join us.

Next webinar:

May 19, 2020: College Athletics – Legal Considerations in the New Economic Reality: Protecting Revenue Streams and Ensuring Title IX Compliance While Navigating Economic Challenges

We invite you to learn more about our Education Group

and Higher Education Practice Area by following the links.


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