North Carolina Enacts Campus Free Speech Legislation Based on Goldwater Institute Model

Phoenix—North Carolina has enacted legislation based on the Goldwater Institute’s model bill that will protect the free speech rights of the state’s public college students. The Restore Campus Free Speech Act creates a culture of openness on the campuses of the 17 colleges and universities in the University of North Carolina system, requiring them to be open to all invited speakers and banning the creation of “free speech zones.” Released this past January, the Goldwater Institute model legislation affirms a commitment to free speech on public college campuses, prohibits universities from disinviting speakers, and creates a system of sanctions for those who interfere with the free speech rig

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