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Colleges grapple with guarding free speech, condemning hate speech

Posted on AllSides December 14th, 2023
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Presidents of some of the nation’s top universities faced grilling from Congress over reports of antisemitism on campus in a hearing that illustrated the challenges schools face when balancing free speech with protecting students.

Former University of Pennsylvania President Liz McGill has already resigned over her responses. Harvard issued a statement backing President Claudine Gay even as Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced an investigation into the school.

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