The New University interviewed Michelle Deutchman, Executive Director for the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement to answer frequently asked questions about Free Speech.

Question 1: Where should schools draw the line on hate speech and “diversity of ideas?” How hateful does someone have to be for it to be unacceptable?

Question 2: Is free speech on campus really under threat? Aren’t we open to hearing more voices now than ever before?

Question 3: How can universities respond to constitutionally-protected speech that is offensive and hurtful to members of its community?

Question 4: How does the Free Speech Center plan to better educate UC students about their freedom of speech on campus?

How does the right to free speech apply to controversial speakers who have been invited to public campuses by student groups?