First-year Writings: Debate on Campus Speech Codes
The debate that students particularly enjoy is the question of whether campus speech codes trench too much on freedom of expression in the effort to regulate harassment and hate speech. We read Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman’s Free Speech on Campus (2017) and consider IWU’s posting and harassment policies. The fact pattern follows an incident on campus in 2005 when an anonymous student (or students) posted “Homos Go Home” signs on campus the Friday night before Homecoming. Administrators removed the posters the next morning. Did they do the right thing?