The ‘Heckler’s Veto’ on America’s University and College Campuses

November 30, 2015

By Allan C. Brownfeld at Communities Digital News

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2015 – Free speech used to be highly valued, particularly on the nation’s college and university campuses. Academic freedom demanded a respect for a diversity of views.

During the Vietnam War years, this writer taught at the University of Maryland. The campus was alive with debates about the war and a host of other subjects. There was no effort to silence diverse points of view.

Earlier, at the College of William and Mary and its law school, the notion that certain ideas could not be expressed because someone might be “offended” by hearing them was unknown. While our society has advanced in many ways since those years, with regard to free speech it appears to be in retreat...

Schools: Amherst College Claremont McKenna College University of Missouri – Columbia Cases: University of Missouri: Policing of “Hurtful” Speech