FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS
THE CAMPUS FREE SPEECH PROBLEM
In her 2016 convocation speech, Brown University President Christina Paxson explained that a reporter had recently asked school officials if Brown had established any “safe spaces” on campus.
“What on earth are they referring to?” Paxson said. “Idea-free zones staffed by thought police, where disagreement is prohibited?”
Yes, precisely such spaces. Sadly, this kind of challenge to campus free speech is now widespread.
In 2017, the Goldwater Institute introduced a model bill designed to ensure free expression within America’s public university systems.
The legislation creates an official university policy that strongly affirms the importance of free expression, including provisions that create a system of interlocking incentives designed to encourage students and administrators to respect and protect the free expression of others.
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