Presidential candidates debate on college campuses, but can the students?

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September 25, 2016
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Adam Steinbaugh  
Posted in Commentary

"On Monday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in the first of three scheduled presidential debates, facing off at three college campuses: Hofstra University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The vice presidential contenders, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, will have one debate, hosted by Virginia's Longwood University. But what about the students at these host campuses -- can they engage in the same rough-and-tumble, freewheeling debate that drives American politics (for better or for worse)? Sure they can -- but only if they'll agree to their university's diktat that they do so in free speech zones, risk being summoned to meet with a 'bias response team' if they offend another's partisan political sensitivities, or get an administrator's permission to pass out political flyers." (09/24/16)  

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