Colleges Are Restricting Free Speech On Campus, Lawmakers Say

June 2, 2015

By Lydia Wheeler at The Hill Online

In protecting students from harassment and discrimination, lawmakers and experts say public colleges and universities are violating students’ right to free speech on college campuses.

During a House Judiciary Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Hearing on First Amendment protections on public college and university campuses, Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), said one in six universities maintain free speech zones – small, out-of-the-way areas where they can hold rallies, demonstrations, distribute literature, circulate petitions and give speeches...