New Trump Rule Protects Free Speech, Religious Freedom on College Campuses

- THE WESTERN JOURNAL - Sep 9, 2020 -

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks in the White House in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images)

The Trump administration is moving forward with a policy that expands protections for religious groups on college campuses and threatens to cut federal education funding to colleges that violate free speech rules.

The rule was issued by the Education Department on Wednesday and cements much of what President Donald Trump outlined in a March 2019 executive order demanding wider speech protections at U.S. colleges.

As part of the policy, the Education Department can suspend or terminate grants to public universities found in court to have violated the First Amendment. In extreme cases, schools could become ineligible for any further grants.

The same actions could be taken against private universities found in court to have violated their own speech codes.

Public universities could also lose funding if they fail to provide religious student groups the same rights and benefits as other campus groups, including the use of campus facilities and access to student fee funding.


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