Hate speech on campuses is a growing threat to the security and educational equality of minority college students. College and university administrators continuously strive for a policy that not only protects minorities from the vulgarity of hate speech, but also grants all students the right to free speech. The conflict administrators face when enforcing speech codes is between providing protection for minorities and protecting First Amendment rights.
During my speech, I examined the legal issues regarding the use of speech codes on campuses. I explained the Constitutional conflicts that administrators encounter when establishing policies restricting hate speech. I reviewed the types of speech that are not protected by the First Amendment. I explained the important court cases that significantly affect the restriction of speech. I provided examples of various speech at public and private colleges and universities, and I discussed the difference between public and private institutions and the different standards each are held to.
Nichole Torres, ’03 Colorado Springs, CO
Sponsor: Craig Allin