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Study: Nearly 90% of colleges restrict free speech

According to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education nearly 90% of American colleges restrict free speech to varying degrees.

The Christian Post reports:

A new study from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has found that 88% of American universities restrict free speech in some form.

FIRE’s 2021 Spotlight on Speech Codes looked at the free speech policies of 478 colleges and universities, 372 public institutions and 106 private colleges and universities. Based on a school’s written policies on free speech, it was assigned into one of four categories: Red light, yellow light, green light or warning. Factors examined when compiling the ratings included a university’s policies on “free speech zones,” hate speech, internet usage, tolerance, respect and civility, harassment, obscenity and security fees.

A red light institution maintains “at least one policy both clearly and substantially restricting freedom of speech, or bars public access to its speech-related policies by requiring a university password and login for access.” The Ivy League universities of Princeton and Harvard as well as other notable private colleges such as the University of Notre Dame and John Hopkins University were among the 21.3% of higher education institutions that received red light ratings.

READ: Study: 88% of colleges, universities restrict free speech in some form

RELATED: 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2021

And it is not just college administrators that are censoring free speech, so are the students:

The Washington Post explains:

Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.

Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes “offensive and hurtful statements.”

That’s one finding from a disturbing new survey of students conducted by John Villasenor, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and University of California at Los Angeles professor.

READ: A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

RELATED: If we lose free speech on college and university campuses, we lose America

Perhaps this is just a horrible coincidence, but in the lead up to World War II, the German Nazis instituted book burning ceremonies to publicly deal with literature that opposed Nazi ideology. What is less known is that the book burning ceremonies were organized by university students, through the German Student Union, Deutsche Studentenschaft.

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