Law

Policing Free Speech at the University of Missouri

Can campus officers stamp out hate speech without trampling the First Amendment?

First Amendment in action.

Photographer: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

At the embattled University of Missouri, where the president and chancellor are stepping down, university police sent students an e-mail Tuesday urging them to call and report if they “witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech.” The e-mail urged witnesses to provide descriptions of the speakers and, if safe, snap pictures of them with their phones.

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