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Enacted Campus Free Speech Statutes – Tennessee

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In 2017, Tennessee enacted SB 723, now Tenn. Code. Ann. §§ 49-7-2401 through  49-7-2408.

SB 723 Summary

SB 723, the Campus Free Speech Protection Act, is comprehensive legislation that extended free speech protections to students and faculty at public institutions of higher education. The statute prohibits a wide range of forms of censorship including misleadingly labeled “free speech zones”, overbroad anti-harassment policies, and speaker disinvitations.

Key Provisions

FIRE Commentary

Comprehensive campus free speech bill becomes law in Tennessee