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Protecting free speech on college campuses


College campuses should foster an environment where students can explore their beliefs, debate conflicting ideas and find common ground. They should be able to trust their universities to promote free speech, not stifle it.

In February, I introduced the FREE Act to ensure that our colleges and universities remain institutions of free exchange and expression. Freedom of speech is a constitutional imperative, the very principle upon which our nation was founded.

In times of dangerous political polarization, we must be open to debate instead of seeking to shut it down. We can do this while promoting respect for differing opinions.

Senator Orrin Hatch, Member, Senate Judiciary Committee

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