Free Speech Under Threat at Nation’s Colleges

(Orange County Register/Herald and News) Our nation’s institutions of higher learning are supposed to be repositories of knowledge, enriched by the free flow of information and competition of ideas, but they are increasingly failing in this mission.

Sadly, college campuses, which tend to embrace liberal ideologies, including tolerance, oftentimes are among the most intolerant of opposing views, as evidenced by the imposition of speech codes and enforcement of “free speech zones,” which limit what can be said and where it can be expressed.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education notes that it “has received an increasing number of reports that colleges and universities are inviting students to anonymously report offensive, yet constitutionally protected, speech to administrators and law enforcement through so-called ‘Bias Response Teams.’” More than 230 schools have formed such teams, which oftentimes operate under broad definitions of “bias,” and create “a chilling effect on campus expression,” FIRE reports.

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