A Moderate Defense of Hate Speech Regulations on University Campuses

Publication Year:
2004
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https://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/facpub/482
Author(s):
Wendel, W. Bradley
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Regulation of hate speech; Freedom of speech; Content-based discrimination; Viewpoint-based discrimination; Hudnut; Tom Paulin; David Rosenberg; Holocaust denial; Education Policy; First Amendment; Law and Society
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article description
The regulation of hate speech on public and private university campuses is a fiercely contested and divisive issue. Professor Bradley Wendel defends the middle ground in this debate. This Essay argues that concerns about abuses of power by those in positions of authority are unfounded when an institution possesses greater expertise in a domain than the citizens who are affected by the institution’s decision, provided that the institution is acting on the basis of reasons that are shared by the affected individual.