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Congress is considering a bill attempting to protect on college campuses.
Rep. Greg Murphy, a North Carolina Republican, the ranking member of the House’s Higher Education and Workforce Innovation subcommittee, introduced the Campus Free Speech Restoration Act of 2021 on Thursday.
“Every individual should be free to profess, and to maintain, the opinion of such individual in matters of religion or philosophy, and that professing or maintaining such opinion should in no way diminish, enlarge, or affect the civil liberties or rights of such individual on the campus of an institution of higher education,” reads the text of the bill, which Murphy’s office provided to the Washington Examiner.
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The bill amends theAct of 1965 by putting greater scrutiny on colleges and universities to fulfill their First Amendment obligations in order to receive funding under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
It condemns “” that designate spaces on campus for protest and dialogue. Critics of the zones argue they are unconstitutional because they restrict First Amendment activity to only those specific places.
Bias response teams, a common feature on campuses that allow for students to report allegations of discrimination, broadly defined, also face scrutiny. They are “susceptible to abuses that may put them at odds with the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment,” the text reads.
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In 2019, the University of Michigan permanentlyits bias response team after a lawsuit.
Murphy’s bill would create a position within the Department of Education that would record and remedy complaints of First Amendment violations on college campuses.
“Postsecondary institutions should be held accountable for any actions that restrict or intimidate the right to speak freely on campus,” Murphy said in a release obtained by the Washington Examiner that was given to students atBuckley Breakfast Club.
Murphy attended the breakfast with Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, where he announced the initiative to conservative college students who attended the event.
In his release, Murphy cites multiple examples of “violating the First Amendment campuses nationwide,” including aon an anti-abortion student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019 and a member of the University of Virginia student council receiving death threats for criticizing a system that gave “ ” to professors for alleged racist behavior.
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The bill’s introduction comes days after Jordan and Rep. Kat Cammack, a Florida Republican,with YAF to create a Campus Free Speech Caucus in Congress.
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