Statement on White House’s Executive Order on Campus Speech

The White House released an executive order regarding free speech on college and university campuses today. In related document published this morning, the President suggests the urge to silence differing views is a characteristic unique to one ideology. The Charles Koch Institute issued the following statement:

“For continued progress to be possible, we must have a vanguard to defend speech that’s above partisanship,” says Sarah Ruger, Director of Free Expression at the Charles Koch Institute. “We are concerned that wrongly framing censorship as an ideological issue works against efforts to foster open intellectual environments on campus.”

Ruger continues, “The best policies are those that empower the academy to uphold its core ideals of academic independence and free inquiry. They encourage what we continue to see as the untold campus free speech story—a growing number of students and faculty rolling up their sleeves and collaborating to break cultural barriers to learning or sharing diverse perspectives. We appreciate when leaders lend attention to this critical issue. In fact, in several states’ policymakers and universities have been able to find common ground on policies that guard against the overreach of previous proposals.”

10-14-2019 09:35am

Statement on the University of Wisconsin Regents’ Passage of a Mandatory Student Punishment Policy

Imposing mandatory minimum punishments without defining for students what actions will subject them to punishment will stifle campus dialogue rather than enrich it.

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10-07-2019 11:47am

Statement from Will Ruger on Pullback of U.S. Troops from Syrian-Turkish Border

William Ruger, VP of Research and Policy at CKI, responds to the pullback of U.S. troops from Syrian-Turkish border. Read his statement.

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10-08-2019 08:00am

Statement from Will Ruger on the 18th Anniversary of U.S. Engagement in Afghanistan

William Ruger, Vice President of Research and Policy at CKI, responds to the 18th anniversary of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. Read his statement.

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