An article in The Washington Post by Dale Carpenter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota (UM) specializing in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, reports that a faculty committee at his university (Carpenter’s a member) has approved by a 7-2 vote a strong and virtually uncompromising free-speech policy. Now this is just a committee vote, but it’s an important committee, and I expect its recommendations will be approved by UM.
I can’t help but think that the statement is modeled after the University of Chicago’s own policy, adopted in 2014 and also uncompromising. The UM statement makes four points; each is longer than I reproduce but I’ll just list the main points with a few words of my own. First, though, the introduction:
University of Minnesota Board of Regents policy guarantees the freedom “to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional restraint or discipline.” The…
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