WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), joined Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) today in introducing the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act, a bill to protect the First Amendment rights of students at public universities from unconstitutional speech-codes and so-called free speech zones. It also requires private colleges and universities to honestly disclose their policies on free expression, and obligates private institutions to uphold the policies they disclose.
“Free speech is a cornerstone of our nation. When universities improperly restrict it, they go against the Constitution and our country’s founding principles,” said Senator Cramer. “Our bill protects a student’s right to openly express their views without fear of censorship.”
“Too many of America’s public colleges have attacked the First Amendment rights of their students using so-called free speech zones and unconstitutional speech codes,” said Senator Cotton. “This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth.”
Specifically, the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act would:
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