Tufts University: Speech Code Controversy

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Tufts University

After Tufts University found a student publication guilty of "harassment" for publishing two satirical articles, Tufts began work on a new free speech policy. Unfortunately, the resulting policy, a "Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Inquiry at Tufts University," fails to adequately protect freedom of expression at Tufts and will, in all likelihood, invite more censorship and uncertainty while discouraging robust debate, candor, and dissent. FIRE asked Tufts to revise its policy to truly protect free speech on campus, but it failed to do so. Meanwhile, Tufts remains on FIRE’s Red Alert list for being among the "worst of the worst" violators of free speech among all U.S. colleges.

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    December 30, 2007

    Tufts and Northeastern are among a group of Boston-area colleges whose policies on free speech earned them a tongue-lashing from a national campus watchdog group over the past year. The co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Cambridge attorney Harvey Silverglate, said “speech codes erode a university’s devotion to the core principle of higher education: the free and unfettered search for truth no matter where it leads.” Although many universities pride themselves on promoting free speech and fostering unfettered debate, many also have instituted policies that limit the ability of students to express controversial opinions, whatever they […]

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