U.K. universities and colleges will have to take action to stop extremists radicalizing students under new government rules.
Institutions must assess the risks of guest speakers on campuses and ensure extremist views don’t go unchallenged, Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.
“It is not about oppressing free speech or stifling academic freedom, it is about making sure that radical views and ideas are not given the oxygen they need to flourish,” Cameron said. “Schools, universities and colleges, more than anywhere else, have a duty to protect impressionable young minds.”
The move forms part of the government’s attempts to prevent the spread of Islamic extremism. A number of former U.K. students have traveled to the Middle East to fight for Jihadist groups or been convicted of terrorism-related offenses.