University of Minnesota’s Proposed Free Speech Protections Would be “the Most Comprehensive to Date”

May 10, 2016

By Dale Carpenter at The Washington Post

Last week the University of Minnesota Senate began to take up the issue of free speech on campus.  No action was taken, but several students showed up to speak against a proposed “core principles” statement provisionally approved by the university’s top faculty committee. The statement condemns efforts to shout down controversial speakers and declares free speech paramount to other values like maintaining a positive campus “climate.” During the meeting, one faculty member also called for “discursive affirmative action” to correct perceived imbalances of power and influence among speakers, a concept explicitly rejected by the core principles draft.  The Senate will likely consider the matter again this fall…

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Schools: University of Minnesota