ERIC Number: ED339303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Civility on Campus: Harassment Codes vs. Free Speech. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Nordin, Virginia Davis
In response to the resurgence of racial incidents and increased "gay-bashing" on higher education campuses in recent years, campus authorities have instituted harassment codes thereby giving rise to a conflicts with free speech. Similar conflicts and challenges to free speech have arisen recently in a municipal context such as a St. Paul ordinance applied to a cross burning incident recently upheld in the Minnesota Supreme Court. However, these conflicts with free speech on campuses also raise issues of academic freedom complicated by the traditional academic abstention doctrine. This concern for civility is not new, in particular, the Politeness Movement established by philosopher David Hume had a lasting and broad impact on academic culture. In the current debate central questions include whether free speech is really free if one side is too intimidated to speak, what the responsibility of the university is to guarantee free speech and whether there should be an academic-pedological exception to free speech guarantees. The constitutional protection of free speech relates essentially to the rights of the citizen, but the scholar on campus is in a special position defined more accurately by academic freedom than free speech. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Hume (David); Minnesota; Politeness
Note: Paper taken from "Free Speech, Academic Abstention and the Harassment of Conservatives: an Analysis of Competing Interests on Campus" and presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).