Bench Memos

Campuses and the Constitution

It’s no secret that, when it comes to constitutional rights, our college and university campuses are anything but safe zones. For a comprehensive overview of this unfortunate phenomenon, with chapter and verse legally, take a look at Hans Bader’s recent piece here. And George Leef’s recent Forbes column focuses on the particular issue of college officials versus free speech in one recently filed case.

Sorry to be so gloomy, but I’m afraid it may be that kind of a week.

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