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VCU Poll Looks at Discrimination and Free Speech on Campus

A poll by the Wilder School at VCU considered discrimination on college campuses and unlimited freedom of expression.

Dr. Robyn McDougle is director of the schools office of public policy outreach. “We found that 50% found that colleges and universities should place more emphasis on protecting everyone on campus from discrimination even if doing so means there are negative consequences for violating ones free speech.”

40% of the 800 poll respondents said the emphasis should be on allowing unlimited freedom of expression, even if some groups may face discrimination.

“Minorities and women were more supportive of the anti-discrimination policies being a higher priority than they were of the utilization of free speech mechanisms,” said McDougle.

The poll also found that 80% believe that Virginia campuses are safe.