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Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting Free Speech On College Campuses


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"People who are confident in their beliefs should not censor others," said Trump, indicating federal funding might be at risk for those who don't comply.

Madeline Osburn

March 21, 2019

President Trump just signed an Executive Order requiring colleges and universities to uphold free speech or risk losing federal research and education grants.

“Universities that want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not silence free speech,” President Trump said at the White House on Thursday. “People who are confident in their beliefs should not censor others.”

The order lays out the administration’s policy of creating environments that, “promote open, intellectually engaging, and diverse debate.” It states that the 12 executive agencies that give money to colleges will take the appropriate steps to, “ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry, including through compliance with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies.”

The order does not effect any forms of financial aid such as student loans or grants, a significant source of federal funding for universities.

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