Is it ever okay to shut down speech on campus?

May 30, 2016

Protesters on higher ed campuses should have the opportunity to contest certain ideas, but not to stop them from being heard, writes Ellen Wexler for Inside Higher Ed. Wexler revisits a pair of recent incidents at DePaul and UC Irvine, in which protesters were able to disrupt controversial speakers’ engagements to the extent that they had to be cancelled or ended midway through the proceedings. Some free speech advocates have argued that shutting down another person’s speech is inappropriate at all times, even if the content of that speech could be construed as hate speech. Other groups note that certain types of speech should not be tolerated if they make certain groups feel unsafe on campus. Inside Higher Ed