North Carolina passes campus free-speech law
North Carolina passed a campus free-speech bill last week that will allow sanctions for students who disrupt the free speech of others. The move made the Tarheel State the fifth state to add such a law to the books.
The legislation affords students the right to pass out literature in outdoor areas on campus and limits the disruption of others’ free speech. It also forbids school administrators from disinviting speakers on campus.
According to Stanley Kurtz, a writer for National Review and one of the co-authors of the proposal, the law will force universities to create a sanctions protocol to follow when students are found suppressing the free speech of others. The Board of Regents will also be tasked with creating a special committee that will be responsible for issuing a yearly report detailing the administrative handling of free speech issues.