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Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Editor in Chief and Director, Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Want to prevent protests? Get rid of speech codes

If universities are serious about minimizing protest they’ll scrap the speech codes. But if universities continue to tighten their stranglehold on free speech then don’t expect Missouri to be an anomaly. It’s only the beginning.

The Anti-Free-Speech Movement at UCLA

Administrators and student activists at the university are attacking core First Amendment rights in a bid to punish expression that offends them.

In a free society, offensive speech must be permitted

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once observed, “If we stop speech that hurts peoples’ feelings, the First Amendment will be a dead letter.” Speech may indeed be offensive, but that’s the price of living and speaking in a free society.

Senator Sanders Speaks at Liberty University

Following the address by Sanders, Liberty’s campus was not rocked by protests. Nobody complained that the school should have put out “trigger warnings” and no students demanded a “safe place” where they could heal from the trauma of words that clashed with their deeply held beliefs.

Federal Rules Run Afoul of First Amendment

I’m going to focus on the last consequence—the way federal intervention in higher education has empowered bureaucrats to whittle away at free speech on (and even off) campus.

Congress vs. Campus Speech Restrictions

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, recently sent a pointed letter to 162 public colleges and universities whose policies fail to ensure the First Amendment rights of their professors and students.