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2020 Election Season

Civil discourse around the principles of democracy

As we move through the final days before the 2020 general election on Tuesday, you may feel inundated with political advertisements. No matter which candidates that you support at the federal, state and local levels, the 2020 election seems to engender more divisiveness than in past elections. We cannot seem to escape it.

As we navigate these next days, weeks and months, let us all remember that that respect is one of our values at Emporia State University. We cannot know the full spectrum of views within Hornet Nation. We can, however, lean in and listen to each other and engage in civil discourse around the principles we hold dear.

These resources can be helpful during this season.

Resources for Hornet Nation


ESU Counseling Services for students offers on-call counseling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Student Wellness Center.

  • Scheduled appointments occur via Zoom for Healthcare.
  • For appointments: Call 620.341.5222 or log into Hornet 365 and use the Patient Portal tile
  • Anonymous conversations with a counselor are available through

Extra support during election week:

  • Counselors will be available on-call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 4
  • The Racial Healing group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 4. Students can access the group via Canvas using the Counseling Center course tile (all students have been enrolled automatically in the Counseling Center Resources
  • Counselors will collaborate with Residential Life on November 4 and 5 to conduct wellness checks and offer resources.

Faculty + Staff

Faculty and staff can find support through the state’s Employee Assistance Program. If you have not already registered, you will need to create an account. ESU’s Organization Web ID is SOKEAP. Services are available by phone, also, at 1-888-275-1205 (option 1)

Tips + Resources Related to Online Harassment and Abuse

What you can do:

  • Conduct regular privacy checks
  • Talk to other people about what you want shared
  • Exercise care when sharing about other people
  • Seek help and support

Guides for protection and prevention

Online support

Zoom Tips

Civil Conversations

The United States Courts have outlined ground rules and examples written by other students to develop norms of civil discourse:

Free Expression Activities

Emporia State University recognizes and supports the rights of individuals and groups to engage in free expression. This policy shall be interpreted and construed to support such activities while simultaneously balancing the needs and interests of the University to fulfill its mission.

Free expression activities include informational picketing, petition circulation, distribution of information leaflets or pamphlets, speech-making, demonstrations, rallies, appearances of speakers in outdoor areas, mass protests, meetings to display group feelings or sentiments and/or other types of constitutionally protected assemblies to share information, perspective or viewpoints.

  • Fewer than nine people can use outdoor spaces on campus — no free expression activities may occur within university buildings, arena or stadium.
  • Groups of 10 or more may plan events in three areas of campus:
  • Union Square
  • Phipps Sunken Garden
  • Open quad between Beach Music Hall, King Hall, Memorial Union and Roosevelt Hall
  • In all cases, those interested must:
  • Submit in writing a request to Conference + Scheduling in the Memorial Union (the office has a form to fill out);
  • Make the request at least 72 hours in advance

ESU Conference + Scheduling also has information about use of sound amplification devices, signs, length of time for the event and other requirements.