Perspectives on Free-Speech Zones on College Campuses
Naturally, many negative connotations come along with the term “free-speech zone.” The wording alone automatically insinuates that free speech should not be allowed everywhere, which is hardly the true intention of the idea. Sometimes the right of free speech is taken advantage of; such as in certain rallies and protests, where disruptive noise, violence, and destruction often occurs. Universities hold a responsibility to their students of providing a reasonably safe and undisruptive environment to learn and excel in. Universities are not creating “free-speech zones” to limit free speech, but rather to maintain a secure atmosphere that is conducive to concentration and higher learning.
Universities should be able to maintain a certain level of safety on campus in whatever way they choose. “The University reserves the right to relocate or cancel the activity due to disruption from excessive noise levels, traffic entanglement, or if the safety of individuals is in question” (West Virginia University’s Student Handbook 91). They are not undermining the right of free speech that we as Americans legally hold, but are creating an appropriate means for demonstrators to voice their opinions without causing unnecessary disruption and chaos in inappropriate places on campus. An issue I do have with this idea of a “free-speech zone” is that there isn’t a clear definition of when or where these zones should be used. Who is to say whether or not the voicing of a certain opinion or idea requires the use of a “free-speech zone”?
If what constitutes the use of a “free-speech zone” was better defined then the use of such “zones” could be more affective and appropriate. As stated by Robert J. Scott, protest zones have been used at many political conventions and other major events. “Protest zones can be reasonable restrictions that allow free-speech rights to be expressed while decreasing safety concerns and...
Due: May 16th 2011
WR 122/ Wilde
Final Essay #2
Importance of ‘FreeSpeech’
College is a time when most individuals are experiencing major changes and begin to explore new perspectives. The transition in becoming more independent, creating new insights and peer influence are key factors in changing the perspective of an individual. Students are faced with new ideas from their professors, family and fellow peers. Through that acquired knowledge many students decide that they either agree or disagree with the perspectives that they are taught. Allowing the right of ‘FreeSpeech’ on public collegecampuses has become an important issue that many public colleges are starting to address. In college students are capable of informing their peers about issues that are important and controversial. It is important that students are able to maintain this right so they can and inform the student body to promote positive change. Freespeech should be allowed on public collegecampuses because it liberates students to actively engage in controversial issues.
‘FreeSpeech’ is necessary on collegecampuses because it allows students to determine their own beliefs and promote positive change....
Should Colleges Be Limited to Speech?
In “The Freedom to Offend,” Ian Buruma explains how we have the right to speak freely and how we can have the freedom to offend our own being. America is the land of the free and we can say what we want because of the First Amendment. Limiting speech could become an issue on collegecampuses because some students inevitably choose to follow the hate speech codes and some would choose to disobey the hate speech codes. I am focusing on how campuses are allowing policies to be put into place that limits students on what they can say as well as how hate speech affects students. Limiting speech and hate speech on campuses goes against the First Amendment, it goes against student rights, the use of censorship violates the First Amendment, and limiting speech affects our diverse collegecampuses more frequently.
The First Amendment provides guidelines on how America should work. The First Amendment states that, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…” (Greenup 606). One of the main reasons that the United States of America was founded was for the right to speak freely. America is unique because of this freedom. It seems that this is no longer...
FreeCollege for All
January 12, 2015
University of Phoenix
FreeCollege for All
Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to go to college for free? President Obama is proposing a plan for two free years of community college for anyone and everyone. This plan quite possibly could pave the way for a more fruitful and educated future in America for many reasons. Not everyone agrees with this idea, but hopefully Congress does. Once determined how this project will be funded, Americans should be excited to have such a program in action. It will affect more than just people’s education levels.
"Community college should be free for those willing to work for it because, in America, a quality education should not be a privilege that is reserved for a few," said President Obama in a speech he gave at a state community college according to Florida times union (2015). Other countries like in Europe and Germany already offer freecollege, yet we are the land of the free and deprive the citizens of an education because of their financial situations. We offer grants that take so much paperwork effort and stress that some, especially the less educated, have a hard time completing. We offer student loans that have so much interest that it leaves the student...
...At the school, teachers took sides, and because she was miles away from her parents and other means of support the young student felt ostracized. She felt like she had come to the land of the free and when she decided to speak her mind, she was shot down. (Daszkiewicz, personal communication, February 15, 2012) Karen Miner, the teacher, also felt her own freedoms had been brought under fire, and although she had been supported by her school and local school board, she certainly was not promoting Nazi ideology. (Associated Press 1996)
What the student and the teacher had experienced here was a classic clash over when and if our freedom of speech should be censored. In either position; it is hard to know how we should respond. This was a balancing act with the teacher on one side representing the government, her students, and herself and the student on the other representing the individual. Both sides would probably describe their own freedom of expression to be the one that was threatened. And both have a reasonable claim to have their rights being protected.
In the United States of America, the right to freedom of speech has been held as one of this country’s highest values, as nationally recognized by the Constitution of the United States of America. Censorship of speech is a controversial subject matter, and will probably always be debated in the U.S. as long as this country exists. Balancing...
...The Constitution of the United States states in its First Amendment that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" (Funk & Wagnalls 162). This Amendment guarantees each person of freespeech. Does this mean that a person can stand in the middle of the street and yell anything he wants? No, society, even though it cherishes freedom of speech, does give this freedom certain restrictions.
Why does society find it necessary to restrict freedom of speech? Does this ensure a more controlled society? Let us imagine a society that has no restrictions of speech. For example, anyone can publish a false story of another person, just for revenge perhaps, and the offended person would not be able to defend himself because there is no restriction of speech. A neighbor in a residential area decides to use a loud microphone to announce his beliefs in the middle of the night, and wakes everybody up. Because that person has every right to speak, nobody can do anything. Even though this is "freedom of speech" it is not allowed in a civilized society.
Freespeech is a very controversial issue...
...Freespeech is one of the most controversial and confusing of the amendments. Throw it into a college campus setting and it’s an extremely complex matter, especially when “Hate Speech” is involved. Many people have different views and definitions on what hate speech in tales, for instance in “Hate Speech on Campus”, Joseph S. Tuman, defines it as “Written or spoken words directed towards a particular group (typically although not exclusively a minority group) with the purpose or effect of verbally harassing and harming them” (413). A personal interpretation of hate speech is speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. With this being said, hate speech is a form of freespeech. By removing, or writing codes against hate speech on collegecampuses would be injustice, because it goes against our First Amendment, censorship, and hate speech codes are ineffective. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects speech no matter how offensive it’s content. The First Amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or...
III. Preview of Main Points:
1. Effects of Secondhand Smoke.
2. Relevance of Peer Pressure.
3. CollegeCampuses are already going smoke free.
IV. Transition: There are several reasons why collegecampuses should go to being smoke free and the first one is.
1. Cleaner air for students allows students to be limited to the effects of secondhand smoke. “The American Cancer Society says that secondhand smoke has 7,000 chemical compounds and more than 250 of those chemicals are known to be harmful. Of those 250 chemicals 69 of them are known to cause cancer.”
2. According to an article written by Michael McCarthy “exposure to secondhand smoke in the USA increases by 20% to 70% the coronary death rate among people that have never smoked, says a report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”
3. The number of chemicals in cigarettes alone is enough of a reason in my opinion to not smoke but the release of those carcinogens might just be as bad as smoking itself.
V. Transition: Helping with the second hand smoke issue on campuses can clean the air, but it can also help with the peer pressure present on them also.
1. Peer pressure is present in all fascist of our lives and if we as a society can eliminate one of those pressures towards college students then why not?
2. An article by Lisa...
...No one can deny that freedom of speech is one of the most basic rights in democracies both in the United States and abroad. Unlimited freedom of speech however, is an unrealistic expectation for many reasons. The most pressing one being a violent reaction to hate speech. We must be able to seek a balance between freedom of expression and censorship of religious and racial hatred. Hate speech is a type of speech that incites other people to hate a certain group in society defined by common characteristics usually either race, gender, religion. It usually also incites to commit violence and discrimination based on hatred. This is the type of speech that I think has the most basis for restriction because of it’s tendency to incite violence because of its outrageous and usually untrue claims about a group of people as a whole.
By allowing unlimited freespeech we run the risk of creating harm for individuals as was the case in the Keane piece we read for today. Keane details an event in 2006 where a Danish newspaper published blatantly offensive cartoons depicting the muslim prophet Muhammed with a bomb shown as a turban. A year later a far leaning liberal party in Denmark ran on the platform of another cartoon of Muhammed on the body of a dog with the slogan “Freedom of Speech is Danish, censorship is not.” The cartoon was not necessary other than...