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Bill Would Force University of Nebraska to Guarantee Campus Free Speech

Bill Would Force University of Nebraska to Guarantee Campus Free Speech

“the Higher Education Free Speech Accountability Act”

While this is good news, isn’t it amazing that legislation is needed to do this?

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

New Bill Would Force U. Nebraska to Guarantee Free Speech on Campus

A bill introduced Wednesday in the Nebraska state legislature would require the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to guarantee free speech on campus and institute regulations to that effect.

The regents would be required to “develop, adopt, and promulgate a policy governing free expression within its campuses,” under the Higher Education Free Speech Accountability Act.

The board would be expected to attest that “it is not the proper role” of administrators to “shield” students from First Amendment-protected speech, and proclaim the NU system defends speech “without limitation” on views “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”

However, “protest and demonstrations that materially and substantially infringe upon the rights of others to engage in or listen to expressive activity” would be banned, and sanctions applied to students or staff who engage in “unlawful” expressive activity, according to the bill. Disciplinary action for disruptions would have to progressively increase for repeat offenders.

The board would also be charged with creating a nine-member Committee on Free Expression, consisting of three regents, three faculty, and three students, to produce an annual public report on any disruptive incidents that took place and what disciplinary action was taken against the offenders.


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