“Free Speech” and “Offensive” Speech on Campus

  • Peter Scott
Keywords: Free Speech, academic freedom, political correctness


Debates about free speech and academic freedom—and their limits—have become sharper but also more confused. Conservatives demand greater restrictions, but so too do radicals worried that offensive speech may disrupt campus communities. Universities have a special responsibility to secure the right balance between free expression and offensive speech. 


Author Biography

Peter Scott

Peter Scott is professor of higher education studies at the University College London Institute of Education, UK. He is also the Commissioner
for Fair Access for Scotland.

How to Cite
Scott, P. (2017). “Free Speech” and “Offensive” Speech on Campus. International Higher Education, (91), 3-5. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2017.91.10122
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