Executive Order Concerning Campus Free Speech Issued

April 18, 2019

On March 21, President Trump delivered on his plan to issue an executive order that would withhold federal research funding to colleges that do not allow free speech on their campuses. It is uncertain how the executive order will be enforced, but it requires a dozen federal agencies to work with the Office of Management and Budget to ensure colleges that receive federal research funds conform to current federal law and regulations regarding free speech. The Department of Education must also release program-level data in the College Scorecard on information like student outcomes. Critics of the order call it unnecessary and say it is a solution in search of a problem.

More on this executive order is available on the Inside Higher Ed website. Also check out Cherry Bekaert’s Education group for more guidance on the order.