In an article published by AlterNet, Alex Kotch reports on the material released by UnKoch My Campus showing how the intensifying calls to protect free speech on campus are being used as a cover for suppressing progressive dissent and protest on campus—covering some of the same points that I highlighted in a recent post on the topic: https://academeblog.org/2017/03/07/koch-networks-student-protest-ban-disguised-as-campus-free-speech/.
Kotch adds what amounts to a timeline on these efforts:
In 2014, Virginia passed the nation’s first law banning socalled “free speech zones,” which restrict protected speech to designated areas often far away from events that students want to protest. The following year, Missouri enacted a Campus Free Expression Act forbidding “free speech zones” without imposing punitive measures.
But while more recent legislation bans free speech zones as well, it also restricts student free speech in scenarios where, lawmakers claim, free speech is protected.
Legislators in some states including Illinois and…
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