Campus Speech and the Functions of the University

53 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016 Last revised: 4 Apr 2016

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R. George Wright

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: March 6, 2016

Abstract

The roles and limits of free speech on university campuses have lately been of increasing interest. This Article suggests that as long as our understandings of the basic functions of the university itself are conflicting and contested, our understandings of the proper scope of free speech on campus will be similarly irreconcilable, even if we think of the university in terms of community. The Article explores this thesis through considering, in particular, problems of hostile speech, of professorial academic freedom, and of speech by students transitioning into professional service roles.

Keywords: speech, free speech, first amendment, college, university, education, community, functionalism

Suggested Citation

Wright, R. George, Campus Speech and the Functions of the University (March 6, 2016). Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2016-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2742891 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2742891

R. George Wright (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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