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  1. Introduction
  2. College environment
  3. The arguments for free speech
  4. Harper v. Poway
  5. Rauch's view
  6. Doe v. University of Michigan
  7. Conclusion

As Americans, freedom of speech is one of the rights we cherish most. In recent times, this freedom of speech has been called into question. Namely, where it may occur and what we are allowed to say. In the court cases Harper v. Poway and Doe v. University of Michigan, the justices examined these issues and set a president, right or wrong it will be followed in the years to come.

It's a difficult question; a school is a place where everyone has the right to ?be secure and left alone? according to the Tinker decision. This freedom to be left alone must be balanced with others right to speak.2

[...] Constitutionally the court argued, University may subject all speech and conduct to reasonable and nondiscriminatory time, place, and manner restrictions which are narrowly tailored and which leave open ample alternative means of communication?(5). This is not what took place; students were punished because the University found it to be offensive. Clearly this is wrong, in ?Papish v. University of Missouri (1973), the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of a university student on the grounds the mean dissemination of ideas?no matter how offensive to good taste?on a state university campus may not be shut off in the name alone of conventions of decency.? The problem is clear with this type of policy. [...]


[...] The right to freedom of speech As Americans, freedom of speech is one of the rights we cherish most. In recent times, this freedom of speech has been called into question. Namely, where it may occur and what we are allowed to say. In the court cases Harper v. Poway and Doe v. University of Michigan, the justices examined these issues and set a president, right or wrong it will be followed in the years to come. It's a difficult question; a school is a place where everyone has the right to secure and left alone? according to the Tinker decision. [...]

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