Freedom of speech may have consequences

By November 28, 2005

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."

Those words have empowered bullied schoolchildren for decades, but in the adult world, words cannot only hurt you, they can get you fired.

The classroom has often been regarded as a free marketplace of ideas, a place where any subject, no matter how controversial, can be discussed.

Such freedom, though, entails a great deal of responsibility.

Problems lie in the ambiguousness of the phrase "academic freedom and responsibility," which makes the interpretation of student and faculty rights exceptionally difficult, leading to situations like the one that occurred at UNLV last year... Download file "5"

Schools: University of Nevada, Las Vegas