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Tue Jul 18, 2017, 02:51 AM

Campus free speech bills: Restrict or protect rights?

A pair of bills introduced in the Legislature that seek the suspension or expulsion of outspoken students are causing a stir at Michigan’s universities.

Critics say the proposed measures could hinder student activism. However, the main sponsor, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton Township, says the “Campus Free Speech Act” ensures invited campus speakers have their voices heard.

“It makes sure they aren’t able to shout down the speaker,” he said. “Ideally, I think it would be nice to have engagement in debate if they are willing to have a civil debate on the topic. ... If that doesn’t happen, they could hold their own forum.”

The legislation would apply to Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges. Institutions would be required to suspend for one year or expel students who have “twice been found responsible for infringing upon the expressive rights of others.”

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2017/07/17/campus-free-speech/103787730/

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