Report on Free Speech Details UNC Students’ Comfort, Concerns

Brighton McConnell

Excerpt: A recent study across eight UNC System campuses, including UNC-Chapel Hill, revealed students’ perceptions of freedom of expression in the classroom environment and interest in hearing others’ ideological perspectives.

The UNC Board of Trustees received a presentation on the report during a Wednesday committee meeting, which detailed a survey of several thousand students at UNC, UNC-Charlotte, Appalachian State and more. The report was led by three UNC faculty members and a UNC-Greensboro professor: Timothy Ryan, Mark McNeilly, Jennifer Larson and Andrew Engelhardt. Ryan, an associate professor in UNC’s Department of Political Science, said the group used a sampling technique that randomly selected classes that students took and asked specific questions to avoid any generalizations of experiences.