This is what happens when people are afraid to speak their minds.

From the FIRE blog.

The ‘Chilling Effect’ in Action: Campus Speech Codes and Political Disengagement

By one measure, millennials are the United States’ least politically engaged generation, with voter turnout rates 20–30 percent lower than other age groups. And within that age 18–30 population, individuals between 18 and 24 years of age, or those most likely to be enrolled in college, have the lowest voter turnout rates. While voter participation is not the only indicator of political engagement, it is still a good marker of the relatively low level of political involvement of most American millennials. While there are many proposed explanations for this phenomenon, ranging from their lack of investment in society to their distrust of politicians, we rarely consider whether our colleges are actually guiding students towards a path of political disengagement.

Almost 95 percent of the U.S. colleges and universities evaluated by FIRE have some form of speech code within their student conduct policies and other policy materials, and the relatively widespread acceptance of these policies has quickly permeated the mindset of most students. As a result, too many students are inclined to believe that it is acceptable to hinder the expression of ideas and views with which they disagree. The popularity of this position has particularly troubling effects when it comes to political discourse on campus. Students are dissuaded from discussing unpopular opinions not just from fear of student-driven suppression, but also through an unfamiliarity with how to engage with disagreeable, extreme, or offensive viewpoints. Essentially, the culture of speech suppression on college campuses is continually reducing political engagement as students with varying opinions become less willing to come together and simply discuss their views.