Penn. University Improving All Levels Of Communication, Free Speech

February 16, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

Pennsylvania postsecondary school has created a committee that is concerned with protecting free speech in the in the classroom.

Azhar Majeed of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) tells OneNewsNow the University of Pennsylvania’s Committee on Open Expression will garner opinions from students about their ability to freely express their ideas and opinions in the classroom.
“Penn is already a green-light institution under FIRE’s rating, so that in itself is a good thing because our green-light rating indicates that the University of Pennsylvania doesn’t have any current written policies that restrict protective speech,” Majeed explains.

He says this is a way for students to fully understand and internalize what free speech is really all about.

“At the same time that the University of Pennsylvania has good policies and respects student rights, students themselves can learn the importance of these values, and they can take it with them beyond their college years,” the FIRE spokesman adds.

In part, the committee will be recommending policies and procedures for improvement at all levels of communication, investigating infringements on free speech and advising administrative officers.

Schools: University of Pennsylvania