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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of Political Science
Elaine M. Chisek
Valerie A. Sulfaro
Lucy B. Malenke
The topic of free speech has become increasingly publicized and debated recently. With cases of speech being suppressed coming to light all across the country, it is apparent that there has been a tremendous shift in views on college campuses on the right to free speech. Through trying to balance an inclusive society with the right of all to speak freely, the First Amendment right to free speech and the applicable case law have begun to be inconsistently interpreted, specifically on public college campuses. Whether by imposing security costs on speakers, solely utilizing free speech zones, or allowing the heckler’s veto to be effective, schools have repeatedly permitted or taken part in the restriction of peoples’ constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech. By reviewing scholarly articles and court cases, this honors project will clarify what limitations, if any, are constitutionally allowed on the First Amendment right to speak freely. Through examining examples of religious, political, and hate speech on public college campuses, this project will demonstrate how inconsistent interpretations of the Constitution and case law by college administrators has resulted in the biggest threat to students’ free speech rights.
Gothard, Christopher, "Free speech on public college campuses" (2019). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 675.