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Trump order upholds free speech on campus; Minnesota colleges say they already comply


March 22, 2019

Jacquelyn Martin – Associated Press

President Donald Trump held up an executive order he signed Thursday requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday upholding freedom of speech on college campuses - a move some local higher education officials shrugged off as a highly visible case of preaching to the choir.

They voiced skepticism that Trump's order tying campus free-speech protections to federal higher education funding will have much of an impact, noting the order calls on colleges and universities to do what they are already legally required to do: uphold the First Amendment in the case of public institutions and follow their own policies in the case of private ones. Some expressed concern that new reporting requirements would mostly serve to add cost and bureaucracy.


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