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Is it correct for university authorities to ban hate speech?

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  • Hate speech should be prohibited

    It is insane to think that this is even a topic of discussion. Why allow a certain group to just outright bully other students. This could introduce a lot of violence on universities that would not have happened without the hate speech. U think it is truly terrible that this is even a matter of discussion

  • Its the University, not the state

    If they dont want to, it is not necessarily a legal matter. But I think that the University should be able to keep people from showing hostility towards other students. Sure, you dont have to agree with everyone else, but if the University does not want to tolerate hate speech, thats the universities business.

  • Creates Hatred Towards Minorities

    Hate speech incites violence and hatred towards minorities. Hate speech is just bullying, and minorities are already the targets of bullying. A racial or religious minority could feel unsafe and unwelcome. Hate speech undermines an equal and peaceful society by targeting certain groups. We don't allow physical bullying, so why should we allow verbal bullying?

  • Students should have a hate free school environment

    How can they concentrate on growing and achieving their goals when they can not feel comfortable simply attending school with the fear of being offended. Hate comments are just not acceptable. Schools are meant for learning so how can its students be so ignorant. Student who use hate speech should be expelled.

  • Universities should be able to ban hate speech.

    I think universities should have the right to ban anything on their campus that they want to. What is done on the university's campus is reflected on the university itself. A university is not public property; therefore they should be able to make the rules as to what goes on there.

    Posted by: FemaleTyron73
  • A university is different from other public spaces, and students should feel safe there.

    If students want to make use of their right to free speech, they can pursue other venues outside of a college campus. Universities are institutions of learning with diverse student bodies. Hate speech could really disrupt the learning process and create an environment where other students feel afraid, be unable to speak up, or feel as if their thoughts and ideas are not equally valuable. Hate speech would most likely not be constructive or productive in class discussions. Especially in private universities, it is not unreasonable for the administration/authorities to attempt to ensure that all students feel comfortable and safe in their dorms and while in class. However, if the authorities attempt to enforce this ban outside of their jurisdiction (classrooms, dorms, etc.), then I would disagree.

    Posted by: R3idHuIk
  • Private universities need the power to ban hate speech, while public universities should reflect the law of the land.

    It's entirely reasonable for private universities to ban hate speech. They are not government institutions, so a restriction on hate speech would not violate any freedom of speech laws. Private universities, which are often for-profit, should be able to do what is in their best interests. They should be able to cultivate the type of students they want. All of this, however, is in contrast to public universities. Public universities need to mirror the laws of the land. Hate speech is constitutionally protected speech. If a public university banned hate speech, that would be a government imposed restriction on freedom of speech. Hate speech may make life uncomfortable for some students, but it's the price we pay to maintain our freedom.

    Posted by: StaceyMal
  • Yes, I agree that it is correct for university authorities to ban hate speech on campus, because everyone who attends has the right to feel safe and obtain the education they paid for without undue stress.

    It may be a person's right to speak his mind, even when what he is spewing is disgusting and ignorant, but there is a time and place for it. A university is a place for learning and everyone who attends, and has paid tuition, deserves to learn in an environment that is not hostile or fearful. Hatemongers can act a fool off-campus.

    Posted by: N3vinFace
  • Although people should be allowed freedom of speech, I feel that hate speech is discriminatory, offensive and can lead to riots and other dangerous occurrences.

    If a particular group feels that they are being singled out or being talked about in a negative light, they might decide to rebel against the people slandering them. This could cause riots and other dangerous occurrences at a university so it is well within a university's power to ban hate speech to avoid hate crimes.

    Posted by: jaamata
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  • That is wrong

    Those who believe students should not have free speech say that student might be mean to each other with this freedom. That is an understandable concern, however our opinions should be heard and taking into consideration, We can learn from each other while disagreeing on certain topics. Although some students may use their free speech to be mean we need to be able to voice our opinions and learn from them.

  • Hate Speech is Free Speech

    If we are banning hate speech on campus then often it will close off opportunity to debate, and further than that make students feel like they cannot talk about any issue that is even semi controversial. The definition of hate speech is slowly meshing with the definition of truth and all to often students cannot handle a truth. Hate speech although sometime ignorant is also another expressive form of general speech.

  • I believe it is against the First Amendment right to ban speech - even hate speech - on college campuses.

    Although what is considered 'hate' speech is often reprehensible and unfair, it is still speech and thus is protected by the First Amendment. Efforts to ban such speech on college campuses is in my opinion wrong, and unwise in that it is a slippery slope to banning other types of speech.

    Posted by: BrownDustin82
  • A university should be a place where diverse ideas are freely exchanged, even when those ideas are controversial.

    The purpose of a university is the development of thinking and the exploration of ideas. There may be times in which those ideas are unpopular or controversial, and times in which they are even counter-productive. The prevailing idea behind bans on speech seems to be that it ostracizes certain groups or individuals when ideas are expressed. However, the better approach would seem to be to allow all ideas to be expressed, regardless of the content. Banning so called "hate" speech requires an interpretation of which ideas are harmful, which always bears the risk of an overly expansive censorship that degrades the free exchange of ideas.

    Posted by: N3r0nKrooI

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