Campus speech codes don’t fix hate speech, they stifle true debate

August 6, 2013

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

Philanthropy Daily


A task force appointed by the president of the University of California has recommended that the school adopt a code banning hate speech on campus as part of an effort to combat what it sees as an anti-Semitic atmosphere. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has rightly suggested that this is the wrong approach. Campus speech codes have been struck down by courts time and again. Public universities have almost no constitutional leg to stand on when it comes to speech codes...