On May 5, , Gallup and Knight Foundation released a new report on college students and their attitudes about Free Speech. Yet, as the primary season began to unfold, so did a global pandemic that dramatically altered the college experience for millions of students whose classroom discussions and campus chats moved strictly online. Only time will tell whether and when there will be a return to normalcy on campus, yet the views of young people on free expression are likely to influence how we regard the First Amendment and the rights it enshrines in the U. This survey of over 3, full-time U. Some of the key findings include:. Eighty-one percent of students say they want a campus environment where students are exposed to all types of speech, even if they may find it offensive or biased, rather than being protected from it.
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Students are afraid to express opinion on campus. A new survey has recently come out showing that most college students are fearful about discussing their views on politics, race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion on campus. Conservative students are more reluctant to discuss their political views than are liberals. Straight students are more reluctant to discuss their views on sexual orientation than are LGBTQ students.
Universities and colleges across the country are struggling to balance academic freedom and free speech rights following incidents of hate speech. Campuses around the country are struggling to balance free speech with incidents of bigotry and hate speech. This month at Indiana University Bloomington, the provost condemned tweets from a tenured professor named Eric Rasmusen. The provost described the tweets as racist, sexist and homophobic.
But the greater danger may be the hostility within our colleges and universities to the free speech and academic freedom of faculty and students, and even alumni, who dissent from the views dominant on campuses today. Free speech is indispensable to the flourishing of freedom and democracy. Academic freedom is at the heart of the very idea of the university and is essential to the advancement of knowledge. Yet both are clearly under attack today. We have seen academic writings attacked, and even withdrawn, not because they do not meet academic standards, but because they challenge the prevailing winds of thought.