While I am excited to see Stout offering to educate the community about the First Amendment, it is not the university community that needs educating. It is Sorensen, Police Chief Lisa A. Walter and their fellow administrators who need it.
A time comes for every campus leader when a mistake is made. If you serve long enough, errors are inevitable, but leaders shouldn't be judged for their errancy, but how they handle mistakes when they happen.
Harvard has missed something that I fear much of our society has lost sight of: Even if by some weird and lucky coincidence we happened to be right about every belief we cherish, we nevertheless tend not to understand why we hold those values until they are challenged.
A lot of fraternities seem to know that their freedom of association is protected by the First Amendment. What fraternities often do not know, however, is that there are several different kinds of freedom of association.
After 20 years of universities trying to dupe the public into believing that speech codes are okay by re-characterizing them as harassment policy codes, people of influence are starting to believe them.
In this age of campus obsession with sensitivity above all else, some may think that criticizing a university professor could rightfully land a student in hot water. But colleges and universities must not insulate themselves from serious controversy.
In this video, Jonathan Rauch eloquently explains how attempts to punish or silence opinions that we may find offensive are short-sighted, foolish, and ultimately undermine, not help, the rights of minorities.
My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), is proud to join a broad coalition criticizing Yale University's decision to censor the Muhammad cartoons from a book about the cartoons.
Passing a law singling out college students is not just a waste of legislative time but also fails to recognize that colleges are places where it can be part of someone's job to study "offensive" material.