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Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus


reviewed by Andrew T. Jacobs — 2006

coverTitle: Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus
Author(s): Donald Alexander Downs
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521839874, Pages: 295, Year: 2005
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In Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, Donald Alexander Downs argues that U.S. colleges and universities, while pursuing the laudable goals of civility, tolerance, and respect for diversity, have trampled on student and faculty rights to freedom of expression and other liberties. Downs devotes the bulk of his book to case studies of four universities: - Columbia University proposed a sexual misconduct policy that in one form prohibited the accused from having a lawyer present at campus judicial proceedings. In its final form a special administrator was placed in charge of education, prevention, and data collection regarding sexual misconduct as well as adjudication in such proceedings thus improperly mixing advocacy and judicial roles.   - The University of California at Berkeley had a spate of incidents in which left wing students disrupted speakers at campus events, stole student newspapers containing conservative views, and intimidated student journalists. - The University of Pennsylvania came to national attention... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1579-1582
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12228, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 2:46:09 PM

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  • Andrew Jacobs
    SUNY Rockland Community College
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    ANDREW T. JACOBS is an Associate Professor of Speech at SUNY Rockland Community College. His current research involves rhetorical analysis of how (usually marginalized) groups appropriate language in the construction of identity. He has published, “Appropriating A Slur: The African American Usage of Nigga,” in M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture. He is completing a book chapter entitled “I’m Here! Am I Queer? Being Openly Closeted in the Classroom,” that explores heterosexual appropriation of the discourse of the closet (forthcoming in A Survival Guide to Teaching Against Resistance.) His non-peer-reviewed work includes essays on debate and political rhetoric.
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