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GSW 1120: Freedom of Speech (Susan Carlton): Law & Legislation

Class guide for special section of GSW 1120 focusing on freedom of speech issues.

School Speech Laws in the News

Campus Speech Codes
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Some college campuses designate "free speech zones" where students and others can demonstrate, rally, distribute pamphlets, and engage in other expressive activities, which are prohibited on all other parts of campus. Schools with such policies argue that these zones are necessary to prevent disruption of educational activities; opponents argue that these policies violate the First Amendment.

Policies against hate speech (campus speech codes) are another controversial practice. Supporters consider them necessary to protect all students' rights to get an education and prevent hostile learning environments, while opponents contend that they stifle debate and unconstitutionally abridge the right to express unpopular viewpoints.

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