Freedom of Speech on Public College Campuses: Legally Uncertain and Legally Contested Space
AuthorJackson, Troy Martin
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to discuss the First Amendment; more specifically, how freedom of speech is regulated or not regulated on public college campuses. Analyzing cases spanning half a century, this paper will look at the broad and somewhat narrow definitions and standards of speech. The Supreme Court has decided multiple cases relating directly and indirectly to speech on public college campuses, however, a finite answer as to what speech is accepted and not accepted is a debate still being argued today. This paper will help shed light on the subject, while also providing personal thought and contribution as to how speech cases and regulations should be viewed and analyzed. The conclusion, free speech has no definition, nor a narrow answer as to how public colleges should handle speech or how speech will be argued before the court. Free speech is still legally uncertain and legally contested space. This paper helps readers understand what free speech is and the standards and uncertainties that go along with it while providing insight along the way.
Degree ProgramHonors College