Free Speech Rules Can Create Legal Risks for Colleges

By Mary L. Dowell and David A. Urban

The 1960s and early 1970s established public college campuses as areas in which Americans exercised free speech rights with unprecedented vigor. The results included highly visible clashes between students, protesters, and academic administration; police intervention; and even violence. Another perhaps inevitable result was a plethora of litigation. Out of the turmoil, a settled system of jurisprudence should have emerged to establish how campus speech can be regulated… Read More

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