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National free speech group says KU is among schools with codes that ‘violate’ the First Amendment; University Senate free speech committee continues meeting

Source: 
Lawrence Journal World
Author: 
Sarah Shepherd
Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, has included the University of Kansas on a list (a rather large list) of public colleges and universities it says have speech codes that violate the First Amendment and student and faculty rights to free speech. 

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The committee is continuing to work on its charge, led by Richard Levy, KU’s J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. He recently checked in with the University Senate Executive Committee for some guidance. 

Levy told execs in October that there is a perception by some constituencies that the committee was created to “silence” a particular group or groups. 

'That is not true,' said Faculty Senate President Pam Keller, a clinical professor in the School of Law. 'This is about stating principle so every individual on campus — be it faculty, staff, students, minority view, majority view, whatever view — has a right to free speech.'”

Faculty name: 
Richard Levy