TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is encouraging state universities to approve resolutions that protect free speech on campuses.
DeSantis made his announcement Monday at Florida State University, appearing with officials from several universities around the state. He said he wants Florida universities to adopt free speech policy similar to what the University of Chicago did in 2015.
The University of Chicago's policy statement promotes "free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation" among all campus communities. It has been adopted by other universities around the nation.
DeSantis' announcement also comes a month after President Donald Trump signed an executive order protecting free speech on college campuses. Conservatives have complained that universities are trying to silence their voices.
DeSantis said instead of drowning out speeches with heckling and boos, students should counter them with their own arguments.
The protection of free speech on our campuses is imperative for the future of our society. That is why I am calling on college and university presidents to sign a resolution that will promote a culture of open discussion and civil discourse. Details here - https://t.co/5H0N6UOYi1— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 15, 2019