Public colleges and universities cannot restrict free speech rights. However, many institutions do place limits on offensive speech, in spite of the First Amendment. The First Amendment also protects the right to protest. Public colleges cannot overly limit the spaces on campus where students can protest

YES. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 2 of the California Constitution guarantee freedom of speech and freedom of the press to all people, including students. … The California Education Code gives a special guarantee that students have a right to express their political opinions


Free speech standards on campuses usually protect hate speech because such speech is not considered a “true threat,” meaning that it does not endanger a specific individual. In addition, hate speech has also been protected because of limits against “viewpoint” discrimination.