Trustees | Freedom of Expression

Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

A Guide for Higher Education Trustees
October 23, 2018 by Joyce Lee Malcolm Download PDF Press Release

ACTA’s new guide for higher education trustees, Guarding the Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, provides best practices to boards of trustees for securing intellectual freedom on the American college campus. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. Since 2016 a growing number of students have indicated that hateful speech—despite its legal protections—should be prohibited. And in a recent Gallup/Knight Foundation report, 53% of students surveyed believe that diversity is more important than free speech. The guide informs trustees on the legal and ethical norms regarding the “heckler’s veto” and disinvitations of controversial speakers and offers clear solutions on how to cultivate a campus climate that encourages free expression.


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