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Students worry free speech will make U of M ‘an unsafe place’

From Campus Reform
Peter Fricke and Anthony Gockowski | May 13, 2016
 
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The University of Minnesota Senate has punted on a proposed affirmation of free speech principles, postponing the decision until fall amid concerns that the document includes protections for “hateful” speech.

The “Four Core Principles” of free speech were drafted by law professor Dale Carpenter, and are based upon the University of Chicago’s “Chicago Statement,” which has been adopted in various forms by several major universities, including Yale, Princeton, and Purdue.

[RELATED: University of Chicago held up as national model for free speech]

According to City Pages, however, the document encountered resistance at U of M, where student and faculty leaders ridiculed it for disavowing punishments for offensive speech, expressing concerns that without adequate consequences for hate speech, the university could develop a reputation as “an unsafe place” for some students.
 
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