Restoring campus free speech


In an article for National Review, Stanley Kurtz, a Harvard graduate and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, proposes "A Plan to Restore Free Speech on Campus."

Kurtz's plan includes five parts. The first involves adopting a policy based on Yale's 1974 Woodward Report, which stated the importance of intellectual freedom.

"While the Woodward Report forthrightly acknowledges the importance of solidarity, harmony, civility, and mutual respect to campus life, it unmistakably marks these values as subordinate in priority to freedom of expression," Kurtz wrote. "In accordance with this, the Woodward Report rejects the proposition that members of an academic community are entitled to suppress speech they regard as offensive."