Speaking up.

Author:McClure, Ann
Position::BEHIND the NEWS - Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's annual report - Brief article


IF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE supposed to teach discourse, why do so many have speech codes contrary to the First Amendment? That is the underlying question of the third annual report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). This year's "Spotlight on Speech Codes" reviewed policies at 364 higher ed institutions and found that 74 percent have unconstitutional codes. The good news: This is down from 75 percent last year.

"The distinction is, universities can ask students to be civil, but they can't require it," explains Samantha K. Harris, FIRE's director of speech code research. She points out that as government entities, public IHEs are required to support the First Amendment. Private...

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