Policies at many of these schools reflect not simply a misunderstanding of, but rather a disdain for, the First Amendment’s guarantees.

FIRE reports.

The Problematic State of Free Speech at North Carolina Universities

There should be no place safer for free speech and academic freedom than a public university. After all, as state agents, they are legally—and morally—bound to respect their students’ constitutional rights.

So why have many of the public universities in my home state of North Carolina egregiously violated the rights of their students? Why does Duke University, the private institution I attend, uphold the values of “freedom of inquiry and the free exchange of ideas,” while many of its nearby public counterparts fail to do so despite identical obligations?