Freedom of Speech on Campus Policy

Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression School: Ferris State University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: February 14, 2017

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government – including governmental entities such as state universities like Ferris State – from interfering with freedom of speech. The University recognizes the value of this and will safeguard individual’s constitutional rights. Although Ferris State University values a tolerant and civil campus environment, we cannot limit speech to only the inoffensive and comfortable. Sometimes we will need to agree to disagree, even when other’s opinions anger, sadden, frustrate, hurt, or offend us. As stated in San Francisco State University v. Reed, 523 F. Supp. 2d 1005 (2007), “Controversial expression…is the First Amendment’s highest duty to protect. By political definition, popular views need no protection. It is the unpopular notions that are in the greatest peril – and it was primarily to protect their expression that the First Amendment was adopted.” Sharing, arguing and dissecting varying opinions and ideas help people learn from one another and aid in the formulation and solidification of our own views.

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