Alternative ways to respond to campus protests: Opinion


In the wake of international campus protests and the sometimes-violent results of involving police, several authors have analyzed other ways that postsecondary schools can handle on-campus protests. Sarah Wildman of the New York Times spoke to US lawyer David French about postsecondary schools’ responsibility to focus on maintaining neutrality and “granting equal access, equal rights” to the different sides of campus disputes, such as by enforcing “reasonable time, place, and manner” restrictions. Two articles in the Chronicle of Higher Ed touch on the use of agreements and memoranda of understanding with student protest groups. In exchange for ending campus encampments, the postsecondary institutions agreed to actions such as the creation of advisory committees, reviews of campus policing policies, and promises to ensure student protesters are protected from “retaliation” by the institution.

New York Times (Acct Req) | Chronicle of Higher Ed (1) | Chronicle of Higher Ed (2)