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Free Speech on College Campus

Oct 17, 2017
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Following news that University of Cincinnati will let white nationalist leader Richard Spencer speak on their campus- we look at how free speech works at colleges and universities locally and nationally. 

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Ohio State University has officially denied a request from white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus, while a lawyer for Spencer says University of Cincinnati will allow him to rent a space. 

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University of Cincinnati officials haven't made a decision ahead of a threatened lawsuit by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Spencer's attorney says University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University have until Friday to agree to allow Spencer to speak on campus.

Richard Spencer
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White nationalist Richard Spencer says he will sue The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don’t agree by Friday to let him speak on their campuses. His request is raising concerns about safety if the event is allowed, as well as debates over the abilities of schools to limit speech.

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An attorney for associates of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer said Sunday he'll sue The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don't agree by Friday to make campus space available for Spencer to speak.


After his request to speak at The Ohio State University was rejected, white nationalist Richard Spencer made a similar proposal to the University of Cincinnati.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Just a day before Jews celebrate one of their holiest days, Yom Kippur, an Ohio lawmaker is drawing attention to a resolution that condemns a protest movement on college campuses.

High school football player during the national anthem.
Senior Airman Naomi Griego / U.S. Air Force photo

Even before this weekend’s tweets by President Donald Trump calling for the firings of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, Ohio high school athletes have taken up the gesture to protest racism and shootings by police.

It seemed like the controversy involving NFL players kneeling during the national anthem had died down a bit — that is until President Trump stirred up a hornet's nest Friday night during a campaign trip to Alabama.

Trump unleashed a tirade of strong comments against NFL players who don't stand during the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Bedecked in fondant and flowers, modern wedding cakes are the centerpiece of the marriage feast — an edible form of art. But are they also an expression of free speech?

That is the question the Supreme Court will consider this fall when it hears the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple because he said it would violate his religious beliefs.

"You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," muses baker Catherine George of Catherine George Cakes.

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Some Ohio University graduates are trying to get school administrators to rescind a new “Freedom of Expression” policy, which critics say will have a chilling effect on campus speech.


The Ohio State University denied white supremacist Richard Spencer space to speak on campus.

Jo Ingles

Ohio State University is starting another school year, but one tradition won't be returning: students hanging signs in their dorm windows.

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Violence during recent rallies at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Virginia helped reignite a nationwide debate over free speech on college campuses, and when school leaders should intervene.

Two conservative Ohio lawmakers are pushing a new bill that they say would ensure all points of view are represented at Ohio’s public universities.

Protesters rally outside the Ohio Statehouse.
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There are important “do’s” and “don'ts” to protesting, according to the ACLU of Ohio, which is holding a workshop in Columbus to teach people how to demonstrate within their constitutional rights.