Student Free Speech in Public Higher Education

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Kerry Brian Melear, Laurence B. Alexander, Robert M. Hendrickson, & Joseph Beckham, 2010

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Paperback, 86 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1-56534-141-8

ISBN-10: 1-56534-141-4

Student free speech issues are among the most litigated in higher education. Because the content and contexts of student speech are varied, new controversies arise continuously. In Student Free Speech and Public Higher Education, the authors analyze contemporary case law, delineate key concepts, and translate legal principle into professional practice for public college and university leaders. Topics address the scope and limits of free speech, with special attention to disruptive or threatening speech, forum analysis, and institutional policies related to civility, recognition and funding of student organizations, Internet use, student publications, materials distribution, and student elections.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introduction

Section II: Nature of the Forum

Section III: Disruptive Speech

Section IV: Offensive Speech and Civility Codes

Section V: Recognition and Funding of Student Organizations

Section VII: Distribution of Materials on Campus

Section VIII: Bulletin Boards

Section IX: Conclusions