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Authors

Azhar Majeed

Abstract

Over the past year, much of the national conversation surrounding freedom of speech on college campuses has focused on controversial speakers, including those invited by students or student groups as well as those appearing on campus without an invitation. The debate continues to rage on as to whether university communities should allow allegedly offensive speakers to come to campus and spew their hateful views; whether universities have an obligation to foot the bill for the security they deem necessary to host such an event; and whether disruptions of speaker events are indicative of decreased tolerance on the part of today’s students toward view-points with which they disagree. Somewhat lost in the mix is the fact that universities continue to violate the basic expressive rights of their students and faculty members in ways that my or-ganization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (“FIRE”), has been fighting against for the better part of two decades.

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