Students should rethink their role in free speech debates | Opinion

While faculty and administrators are frequently blamed for higher education’s free speech woes, the blame cannot be laid solely at their feet. Surprisingly, many of today’s campus restrictions are being pushed not by overzealous bureaucracies trying to police morality — but by students themselves.

A January survey by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that student support for free speech is high in the abstract; three-quarters of respondents believe that students should have the right to free speech on campus, even if what is being said offends others. However, drilling down reveals that support to be shallow at best.

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