College and University Presidents Can Prove Their Commitment to Free Speech in Five Ways

To begin the new academic year, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has five suggestions for college and university presidents to prove their commitment to freedom of expression and academic freedom:

1. Stop violating the law.
2. Pre-commit / recommit to free speech and inquiry.
3. Defend the free speech rights of your students and faculty loudly, clearly, and early.
4. Teach free speech from day one.
5. Be scholars: Collect data.

Lukianoff adds that “College [and university] presidents unwilling to take these steps should leave you wondering how committed they really are to protecting free speech.” I agree; actions always speak louder than words.

The full article is available here