Conservatives move to guarantee free speech for controversial campus speakers

Conservative organizations are urging states to enact a law to “restore and protect freedom of thought and expression” on university campuses. They crafted a model bill, the Campus Free Speech Act, to prevent rejection of controversial speakers,  to end speech codes and free speech zones and to require a formal statement from the administration that affirms their commitment to open and free debate, research, teaching and discussion. (Inside Higher Ed, February 1, 2017, by Jake New)

The suggested legislation came as protesters prevented a campus event at UC Berkeley featuring conservative instigator Milo Yiannopoulos. (Inside Higher Ed, February 2, 2017, by Doug Lederman and Scott Jaschik)

President Donald Trump tweeted that if UC Berkeley denies free speech and allows violence against those with different views, perhaps their federal funds should be cut. (Politico, February 2, 2017, by Louis Nelson)