UNC system students and faculty can now be punished for "substantially (disrupting) the functioning of the constituent institution or substantially (interfering) with the protected free expression rights of others."
The UNC system Board of Governors passed the free speech policy on Dec. 15 for its 17 campuses. Individual campuses are allowed to implement sanctions "up to and including dismissal or expulsion."
The policy outlines minimal punishments for repeat offenders, but says campuses can impose different punishments if needed. The policy suggests suspension for second offenses and expulsion for third offenses.
The policy was approved by the full board without discussion and does not differ greatly from the policy approved by a board committee in November 2017.
The UNC system was required to adopt the policy after the N.C. General Assembly passed a law in June 2017 "to restore and preserve free speech" on UNC campuses.