Free Speech & Peace

Charles Koch Institute Senior Fellow Addresses Campus Speech Executive Order

April 2, 2019

The White House recently issued an executive order regarding free speech on college and university campuses. This week, The Federalist published an article by constitutional lawyer and senior fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, Casey Mattox, that addresses potential pitfalls in its implementation.

The text of the executive order calls for the heads of 12 different federal agencies to “take appropriate steps” to ensure that institutions receiving federal research or education grants are promoting open inquiry on campuses. This language, Mattox argues, could be interpreted differently by future administrations and could even lead to further restrictions to student speech.

Mattox also addresses concerns that this opens the door for new layers of bureaucracy to be added to the federal government to enforce the new executive order. He writes, “There remains good reason for advocates for open inquiry and free expression to be wary.”

Read the full article here.