Already Good on Free Expression, Penn Strives to do Even Better this Year

September 8, 2015

By Greg Piper at The College Fix

It’s not easy getting high marks from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

The University of Pennsylvania is one of fewer than two dozen colleges around the country that have earned the group’s “green light” status as an institution whose policies “do not seriously imperil speech.”

Yet Penn’s Committee on Open Expression – ignore the Orwellian sound of that – is still working hard to improve the school’s protections for speech of all kinds, The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.

Led by Stephanos Bibas, a law professor who joined colleagues to protest Penn’s new guilty-until-proven-innocent procedures for sexual-assault investigations, the committee held eight full meetings in the previous school year.

It’s keeping pressure on Penn to fight against attempts to “disinvite” speakers whose views are unpopular or offensive to a segment of the university population, and to apply the same speech protections to cyberspace as it does to the physical campus...

Schools: University of Pennsylvania