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Campus Free Speech

Killing Jokes

James Altschul | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
James Altschul

The domain of being offended was once dominated by religious puritans and overprotective parents imploring others to "think of the children." The idea that college students would be the vanguard of concern over offensive comedy was itself a laughable notion.

An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld from a 'Politically Correct' College Student

Anthony Berteaux | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Anthony Berteaux

Yes, Mr. Seinfeld, we college students are politically correct. We will call out sexism and racism if we hear it. But if you're going to come to my college and perform in front of me, be prepared to write up a set that doesn't just offend me, but has something to say.

Are Colleges Destroying Comedy?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

When you're not paying attention to content and you're simply trying to indulge the delicate sensibilities of a society waiting to be outraged, you've already lost.

Author Defends Use Of Racial Slur In Campus Panel

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.05.2015 | College

Colleges and universities have long been considered places where one can challenge dominant ideas in order to provoke a robust intellectual discussion...

Tyler Kingkade

Purdue Takes A Stand For Free Speech, No Matter How Offensive Or Unwise | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.15.2015 | College

Purdue University has become the first public institution of higher education to adopt a free speech policy called the "Chicago principles," condemnin...

Freedom of Speech on Campus Is an Essential Part of College

Elliot Hirshman | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Elliot Hirshman

The freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment has emerged as an extraordinarily contentious issue on many university campuses.

What's Wrong With Denigrating Girls and Women in Schools?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Soraya Chemaly

Sexism, gender-based double standards, and male entitlement are so normalized that girls think sexual assault and violence are just a "part of life" that they have to live with. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is seriously f***ed up.

Tyler Kingkade

Trouble Over T-Shirts Just Landed 2 State Universities In Court | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Two Midwest state universities are being hauled into court over what campus groups can and can't say on their T-shirts. The Foundation for Individu...

Syracuse University Places a High Value on Free Speech

Eric F. Spina | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Eric F. Spina

In October, our Law School received complaints from a number of students alleging that another student had violated the College's code of conduct by posting false comments about them on a public website.

University Of Illinois Political Ban May Extend To Students

Chicago Tribune | Megan Twohey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Students and professors at the University of Illinois decided to rally for Barack Obama on the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday to make clear their st...