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Informed Civic Engagement Resource Guide: Free Speech

“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” - aphorism


Freedom of speech is one of the rights guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Particularly in an academic setting, understanding your right to free speech is extremely important. However, free speech is limited when it threatens to infringe on another person’s right to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. In a world of misinformation and bigotry, there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. This guide includes resources to help you understand where that boundary lies.

Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom

Hate Speech

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