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APLU Statement on President Trump’s Comments on Free Speech at Research Universities

March 2, 2019

Washington, DC — APLU President Peter McPherson today issued the following statement on President Trump’s comments about free speech at public universities. 

[View the APLU Statement on Public Universities’ Commitment to Free Speech]

“Public research universities have a First Amendment constitutional obligation to protect free speech. It is an obligation they take very seriously and work hard to protect. Our campuses serve as important forums for the debate of diverse ideas.  An executive order is unnecessary as public research universities are already bound by the First Amendment, which they deeply respect and honor.  It is core to their academic mission.”

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