Excerpt: More than half of college students regularly hold back on expressing their views on campus for fear of the potential consequences. But, contrary to the stereotype of universities as hotbeds of militant liberalism, it is not just conservatives who are scared to speak out: students across the political spectrum worry about what will happen if they share their views.
Issues around free speech in universities have become increasingly heated in recent years, despite the relatively small number of incidents. While 55% of conservative-leaning students say they ‘always’ or ‘often’ refrain from speaking out on political or social issues in the classroom, this is only slightly more than the 49% of liberal-leaning students who did likewise. Even students who classed themselves as moderate were afraid to express an opinion, with 52% saying they stopped themselves from speaking out.