University Warns Students About ‘Free Speech’

August 25, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

An American university has warned its students that there’s no such thing as “free speech” on campus.

Students at Rutgers University are being encouraged to report “bias incidents” to the university’s Bias Prevention and Education Committee.

Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says Rutgers is making it clear that the university is not interested in individual freedom of speech.

“They’re more interested in you mouthing the platitudes they’d like you to mouth,” he tells OneNewsNow.

The bias committee proclaimed on its website that “there is no such thing as ‘free speech.’ All speech has cost and consequences.” (See editor’s note below)

Reason, the libertarian-leaning website, has noticed that the reference to no “free speech” has been dropped in the latest version of that statement.

It’s one thing to restrict student speech with restrictive policies but Shibley says the school takes the issue a step further.

“It’s an effort to make it seem normal that the authorities would tell people what they can and cannot say, and I think that’s the most worrying trend,” he says.

Editor’s note: Subsequent to the posting of this story, Rutgers removed the statement “There’s no such thing as free speech” from their Bias Prevention and Education Committee website.

Schools: Rutgers University – New Brunswick