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University of Michigan Agrees to Roll Back Restrictions on Speech

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By Matthew Vadum | 3 November 2019

THE EPOCH TIMES — To settle a civil rights lawsuit that was backed by the Trump administration, the University of Michigan has agreed to change politically correct policies that were alleged to have chilled students’ free speech on campus.

The settlement comes as conservatives in the United States are growing increasingly concerned about ideological intolerance in the nation’s institutions. They say universities, which used to be bastions of free speech, are now hotbeds of far-left orthodoxy that drown out opposing voices and stifle independent thought.

Even worse, when students come up against restrictive campus speech codes, they are forced to endure Kafkaesque tribunals that critics say deny even basic due process to accused individuals.

The university, which is based in Ann Arbor, was sued by Speech First, a Washington-based nonprofit that “through advocacy, litigation, and education” vows to “put colleges and universities on notice that shutting down unwanted speech will no longer be tolerated,” according to its website. […]

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