Speech Codes: Alive and Well at Colleges…

August 1, 2003

By Greg Lukianoff and Harvey Silverglate at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Five years ago, a higher-education editor for The New York Times informed one of us, Harvey Silverglate, that Neil L. Rudenstine -- then president of Harvard University -- had insisted that Harvard did not have, much less enforce, any "speech codes." Silverglate suggested the editor dig deeper, because virtually any undergraduate could contest the president's claim...

Schools: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Columbia University Harvard University Citrus College California Polytechnic State University University of Texas at Austin Tufts University Cases: Columbia Law School: Threat to Punish Professor for ‘Hostile Environment’ Due to Exam Question California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly): Use of Disruption Claim to Suppress Free Speech Citrus College: Speech Code Litigation Shippensburg University: Speech Code Litigation Harvard University: Threat to Discipline Student Newspaper Staff for Publishing Satirical Cartoon Harvard University: Proposed Speech Codes Tufts University: Use of Sexual Harassment Allegations to Suppress Protected Speech