Free Speech Help, Suggestions, and Further Information

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So what's next?

Though the thought of facing censorship or punishment for expressing your right to free speech may seem remote as a student, in today’s interconnected society, it’s almost impossible to keep your speech from reaching another student at your school. Whether through old-fashioned gossip or social media, your speech The legal world and schools in particular are still struggling with how to handle students who are better informed, more opinionated, better connected, and have the ability to communicate to hundreds of other people over the internet.

So my school is trying to censor me, what should I do?

In cases of serious suppression of free speech, your first step should be to contact the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). With associations around the country, your local ACLU office will be the most knowledgeable when it comes to your particularized area. 

Do you have any more tips & insight into free speech and censorship?

First Amendment and free speech is a rich area of law. If you’re interested in learning more, here are a few guides that NMR recommends:

Fire's Guide to Free Speech on Campus, Second Edition

EFF's Guide for Student Bloggers

ACLU's Free Speech Guide


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