Zywicki on Speech Codes on College Campuses
Professor Todd J. Zywicki comments in an article in the Washington Examiner on college and university speech codes. Earlier this year, George Mason University earned a green light rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for having policies that comply with the First Amendment.
Todd Zywicki, foundation professor of law at George Mason University, spent five years trying to improve GMU's speech code rating before finally receiving a green light rating.
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"To me this is really one of those no-brainer sorts of things and perhaps one of the most important things," Zywicki said. "This is a core academic value, and it's just a matter of principle."
"There has to be a place in society where people can express their ideas even if other people don't like it. And that's what universities are supposed to be, and that's the core mission more than anything else that I think of a university," he added.
Study: Less than 5 percent of colleges uphold the First Amendment, Washington Examiner, June 24, 2015. By Elizabeth Potter.