Campus News

Survey: Students support freedom of speech, but with certain caveats

New findings by Gallup suggest that most students think freedom of expression is an important aspect to their campus climate and advocate for not restricting offensive speech. However, students do distinguish potentially offensive speech from hateful language, which a majority of students said their campus should restrict.

In addition, 70 percent of students said the news media should not be restricted from covering campus events—the dissenting groups were largely female and black students, who overwhelmingly said reporters should be denied access from campus due to bias or the students’ right to be left alone.