Phi Beta Cons

Re: Stealthier speech codes

Candace is absolutely right. College administrators know better than to wave a red flag by instituting something called a “speech code.” Most of their free-speech inhibiting is done under the guise of policies against “harassment.” The Supreme Court has, however, defined harassment clearly and most of these policies are constitutionally defective for being overly broad and vague.
Recently, anti-free speech policies were challenged by students at two state universities in North Carolina and each time the administrators decided to back off rather than face litigation they were probably going to lose. You can read about the developments <a href="″>here.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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