Civitas Review

Amidst Turmoil, Some Advances in Rights for UNC Students


By Jay Schalin

The last two years in higher education at times have seemed like nothing more than a series of outrages against freedom and its protections. Ridiculous new words and phrases have appeared—trigger warnings, safe spaces, and microaggressions—to describe tools used to silence speech. Government regulations and new bureaucratic positions, many courtesy of Title IX, have been created to interfere with the right to due process.

Such recent events as irrational mobs forcing a college president out of his job due to non-events—hoaxes, really—at the University of Missouri are pushing the attack on freedom to Maoist levels.

But perhaps things have to get to this point for a reaction to these intrusions to emerge, and there are some positive trends appearing. Jenna A. Robinson writes how, in North Carolina, there have been quite a few positive developments as far as protections for free speech and due process.

To read her  article, click here.

Jay Schalin is Director of Policy Analysis for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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