North Carolina State University: ‘Civility Statement’ Prohibits Constitutionally Protected Speech

Category: Free Speech
Schools: North Carolina State University – Raleigh

  • Wheeler: N.C. State graduate values civility, but not at the expense of liberty

    September 20, 2012

    Scrolling through Facebook posts, listening to talking heads, cringing at anonymous online commenters can lead to pretty easily identifiable instances of disrespectful or unkind discourse. But is asking for civility just another act of censorship? Derek Spicer of Apex thinks so. And anything that dampens debate on a college campus in particular is just downright dangerous to the N.C. State graduate. Spicer, 22, spent three years as a resident adviser at NCSU, graduating in May with a degree in political science. In fall 2011, the university instituted a civility statement requiring residents to “speak to each other in a civil […]

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  • FIRE’s NC State Victory in the News

    September 10, 2012

    FIRE’s latest victory in the battle against “civility” speech codes on campus has hit the news. Both The Chronicle of Higher Education and Minding The Campus report on the welcome revision of North Carolina State University’s civility policy. Check them out!

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