Free Speech On Campus
Throughout the United States, many colleges and universities are having to face an old but still relevant question: how much can one regulate free speech without infringing on the rights of students and faculty To answer this question, many of these institutions are finding themselves searching for a happy medium that will allow students and faculty to be able to retain their first amendment rights without breaching the rights of others. This regulation of speech has been the cause of an uproar on campuses nationwide. Neither side is content with the work of their respective universities in regulating speech. The liberals feel that any regulation of speech is an automatic infringement on their first amendment rights. On the other side of the spectrum, the conservatives believe that one?s free speech is free up until the point that it violates someone else?s privacy or causes someone distress or discomfort. The plight of our nation?s universities to be the mediator in this ongoing battle is one of the major issues for college students.
The problem of regulating speech on college campuses is by no means a recent one; this topic has been one of debates for decades. At the turn of the twentieth
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