After pointing out these facts, Rep. Goodlatte’s letter strongly encouraged the schools to take voluntary action to improve their policies. Goodlatte does not directly threaten congressional action to compel schools to comply with the law, but simply asks “what steps your institution plans to take to promote free and open expression on its campus, and bring your speech policies in accord with the First Amendment.”
It is good to see that some legislators are stepping up in defense of free speech on college campuses. Many students have been restricted in what they are allowed to say on campus in order to keep certain other groups from being offended. This simply should not be. Public university campuses should be places where all viewpoints are allowed. Anything less is a clear infringement of students’ constitutionally-protected rights.
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