Speech Codes

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Speech Codes In recent years, many colleges and universities have taken the position that is proper to regulate speech on campus to fight racism and prejudice against women, minorities and homosexuals. Others claim that it is a violation of First Amendment rights. Speech codes on campuses are a good way to regulate speech to protect the learning environment for those students wanting to get an education. It also creates a safe atmosphere, so students are able to learn. Not having speech codes can cause a lot of problems in universities. Tension between the people involved, making them lose control of their actions is a problem in most universities. Also, many students feel uncomfortable to go to their classes or to walk on campus because of what someone might say to them. For example, hurtful words that will hurt their feelings or put them down makes these students live in fear.

Students also tend to lose self confidence by the powerful words they are being told. Racism against homosexuals and minorities is a big problems in universities today. Not having speech codes will just raise the amount of racism and raise the amount of fear by these students. Why not take action and have speech codes on campuses to fight these problems? Many people claim speech codes are against First Amendment rights. What does the First Amendment tell us? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress or grievances." Richard Delago claims that his amendment is subjecting to dozens of exceptions as well. Libel, defamation, words of conspiracy or threat, disrespectful words uttered to a judge...