Ep. 9: The Campus Free Speech Act Part Two

About the Episode

In today’s episode we review the second part of the Campus Free Speech Act proposed by the Goldwater Institute. This second installation deals with sections two through five of the bill, which serve important roles in promoting free expression on college campuses. Using only the best ice cream analogies, we break down the importance of free thought and expression, and how that importance expands beyond college campuses and into our everyday lives. Thus, we must be open to new perspectives and ideas in order to refine our own. If you missed the first part of this series you can find it here.

Brief Show Notes: The Campus Free Speech Act Part Two

  • “For if Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind; reason is of no use to us—the freedom of Speech may be taken away—and, dumb & silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.” – George Washington
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  • Section 2
    • Mandates a joint committee on Free Expression be formed on all public campuses.
      • Committee can have no less than 15 members
      • Committee must report to the public, the governor, the state legislature, and the governing bodies of the state institution.
  • Section 3
    • The Bill creates a freshman orientation program for students.
      • The orientation is designed to inform students of the law, but also to teach them the importance of free speech and open dialogue.
    • The institution is also encouraged to develop common readings for students, organize lectures, and promote debate.
  • Section 4
    • This section defines instances in which it is okay to restrict speech.
    • Three main categories of unprotected speech are proposed.
      • Speech that violates state or federal law, is unprotected by the courts, or that which constitutes harassment.
  • Section 5
    • Lays out guidelines for when restricting speech is justified.
      • When it is necessary to achieve a compelling governmental interest and when it is the least restrictive means of getting there.
      • If the institution still allows for other opportunities to engage in open discussion and assembly.
    • Defines who can bring action against the university.
      • The attorney general and a person whose speech was obstructed.
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