Universities have four months to clamp down on student zealots who restrict free speech on campuses, Jo Johnson will warn today.
The universities minister is expected to say he has seen too many ‘worrying’ incidents of groups trying to ‘stifle those who do not agree with them’.
He will warn institutions that they have a duty to intervene and ensure differing points of view can be heard – however controversial.
A new regulator, the Office for Students, will come into being in April 2018 and will have the power to punish universities which do not adequately safeguard free speech. Those falling short could be fined or even deregistered – rendering them effectively unable to operate.
It follows incidents in which student unions and societies have banned speakers because they deemed their views ‘offensive’.
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