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Why the Tyler Clementi Act Threatens Free Speech on Campuses

April 10, 2011

At first glance, the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act might appear to be helpful, important legislation. The bill would require colleges that receive federal aid to prohibit harassment based on certain characteristics, including sexual orientation. Named in honor of a Rutgers University student who took his own life last fall after his intimate encounter with another man was secretly broadcast online by fellow students, the proposed legislation is evidently a product of good intentions...

Cases: Federal Anti-Harassment Bill Threatens First Amendment Rights on Campus