The Assault on Free Speech on College Campuses

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The Assault on Free Speech on College Campuses

By A.P. Dil­lon

Col­lege cam­puses, which should be envi­ron­ments that fos­ter dif­fer­ence of opin­ion, have become increas­ingly restric­tive when it comes to free speech. It’s got­ten so bad that appar­ently, at some col­leges, the First Amend­ment is almost non-​existent or at least ignored.

At the end of August, The Foun­da­tion for Indi­vid­ual Rights in Edu­ca­tion (FIRE) pro­duced a video dis­cussing this trend and noted that col­lege cam­puses (both pub­lic and pri­vate) had been adopt­ing ‘speech codes’.

nospeechzoneCam­puses are now insti­tut­ing “free speech zones”, which are small and often require stu­dents to obtain per­mits just to use them.

Think about that for a sec­ond. Your child can’t speak their mind at col­lege unless they get per­mis­sion. The approved nar­ra­tives must be main­tained. Dis­sent is not permissible.

FIRE found that 54% of pub­lic col­leges and 59% of pri­vate ones were impos­ing polit­i­cally cor­rect speech codes on stu­dents. FIRE also notes that ‘thanks to Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion guide­lines’, 100% of col­leges may adopt speech codes in the com­ing years.

FIRE notes this issue has become so bad that they are hav­ing to take schools to court to defend­ing the basic First Amend­ment rights of students.

That’s beyond horrifying.

Let’s look at two cases from my own state, North Carolina.

There’s the case of the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Wrestling coach, C. D. Mock, who was fired after stand­ing up for his son who was falsely accused of rape on a dif­fer­ent col­lege cam­pus. Mock spoke out for his son and blogged about what he had learned about the ques­tion­able ‘cam­pus rape culture’.

Mock cites that pres­sure from UNC offi­cials and lib­eral activists in the area were brought to bear. Excerpt from Mock’s arti­cle at the Pope Center:

It is no secret that the admin­is­tra­tion at UNC greatly opposed my posi­tion on their sex­ual assault poli­cies. Chan­cel­lor Carol Folt has been a leader in a national cam­paign to give accusers unfair advan­tages in cam­pus pro­ceed­ings deal­ing with sex­ual assault — my stance that the increas­ing reliance on cam­pus com­mit­tees and admin­is­tra­tors apply­ing affir­ma­tive con­sent stan­dards instead of fol­low­ing due legal process must have ran­kled her and other key UNC people.

The local activist com­mu­nity also pushed to have me removed. Lib­eral poll­ster and blog­ger Tom Jensen, by his own admis­sion, wrote to my admin­is­tra­tion demand­ing my fir­ing and led a let­ter writ­ing cam­paign to do just that. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I was fired because my views dif­fered from those at the lead­er­ship of UNC as well as some highly polit­i­cal peo­ple who had influ­ence on UNC lead­ers and had absolutely noth­ing to do with my per­for­mance as wrestling coach.

Read the whole piece.

Another recent case revolves around a play at Greens­boro col­lege. The play was about “sex­ual harass­ment and rape” and col­lege cam­puses. The play is called “It Stops Here”.

Appar­ently com­ments were yelled at the actors by the audience.

Local media out­let, MyFox8, quotes the stage man­ager of the play about the com­ments yelled out:

“Many of the boys started call­ing out ‘She wanted it, it’s not rape,’ and mak­ing mas­tur­ba­tion noises,” said Claire Sell­ers, stage man­ager for the play.

Those com­ments yelled out, accord­ing to the stage man­ager, are clearly meant to dis­rupt the play and could arguably be a form of push back on the ‘cam­pus rape cul­ture’ hyper­bole that is being turned into actual policies.

This is heck­ling. Rather ugly heck­ling, but still heck­ling. You ignore them and move on right?

Wrong. This story gets worse.

“On Thurs­day, the pres­i­dent of the col­lege sent a let­ter to stu­dents say­ing that a Title IX inves­ti­ga­tion had been launched and that the col­lege is pur­su­ing a for­mal com­plaint of sex­ual misconduct.”

Yes, heck­ling a play is now a sub­ject of a Title IX inves­ti­ga­tion. Greens­boro col­lege is going after the heck­lers for ‘sex­ual misconduct’.

Shut up, they explained…

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder of LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.
Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Heart​land​.org and Watch­dog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twit­ter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

College campuses, which should be environments that foster difference of opinion, have become increasingly restrictive when it comes to free speech.  It’s gotten so bad that apparently, at some colleges, the First Amendment is almost non-existent or at least ignored.

At the end of August, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) produced a video discussing this trend and noted that college campuses (both public and private) had been adopting ‘speech codes’.

nospeechzoneCampuses are now instituting “free speech zones”, which are small and often require students to obtain permits just to use them.

Think about that for a second.  Your child can’t speak their mind at college unless they get permission. The approved narratives must be maintained. Dissent is not permissible.

FIRE found that 54% of public colleges and 59% of private ones were imposing politically correct speech codes on students. FIRE also notes that ‘thanks to Department of Education guidelines’, 100% of colleges may adopt speech codes in the coming years.

FIRE notes this issue has become so bad that they are having to take schools to court to defending the basic First Amendment rights of students.

That’s beyond horrifying.

Let’s look at two cases from my own state, North Carolina.

There’s the case of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Wrestling coach, C. D. Mock, who was fired after standing up for his son who was falsely accused of rape on a different college campus. Mock spoke out for his son and blogged about what he had learned about the questionable ‘campus rape culture’.

Mock cites that pressure from UNC officials and liberal activists in the area were brought to bear. Excerpt from Mock’s article at the Pope Center:

It is no secret that the administration at UNC greatly opposed my position on their sexual assault policies. Chancellor Carol Folt has been a leader in a national campaign to give accusers unfair advantages in campus proceedings dealing with sexual assault—my stance that the increasing reliance on campus committees and administrators applying affirmative consent standards instead of following due legal process must have rankled her and other key UNC people. 

The local activist community also pushed to have me removed. Liberal pollster and blogger Tom Jensen, by his own admission, wrote to my administration demanding my firing and led a letter writing campaign to do just that. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I was fired because my views differed from those at the leadership of UNC as well as some highly political people who had influence on UNC leaders and had absolutely nothing to do with my performance as wrestling coach.

Read the whole piece.

Another recent case revolves around a play at Greensboro college. The play was about “sexual harassment and rape” and college campuses.  The play is called “It Stops Here”.

Apparently comments were yelled at the actors by the audience.

Local media outlet, MyFox8, quotes the stage manager of the play about the comments yelled out:

“Many of the boys started calling out ‘She wanted it, it’s not rape,’ and making masturbation noises,” said Claire Sellers, stage manager for the play.

Those comments yelled out, according to the stage manager, are clearly meant to disrupt the play and could arguably be a form of push back on the ‘campus rape culture’ hyperbole that is being turned into actual policies.

This is heckling. Rather ugly heckling, but still heckling.  You ignore them and move on right?

Wrong. This story gets worse.

“On Thursday, the president of the college sent a letter to students saying that a Title IX investigation had been launched and that the college is pursuing a formal complaint of sexual misconduct.”

Yes, heckling a play is now a subject of a Title IX investigation.  Greensboro college is going after the hecklers for ‘sexual misconduct’.

Shut up, they explained…

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885