Free Speech and the Public Academy


Should college professors in a state university be entitled to speak their minds in public without fear of adverse disciplinary consequences being imposed by their superiors? What if the speech has "disruptive" consequences for the institution? The author analyzes how these questions were answered in the court decisions of Jeffries v. Harleston and Waters V. Churchill. First Amendment fans are unlikely to find either the new answers or the analogy particularly satisfying.

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