In a move designed to tackle the threat of extremism on university campuses, the UK government issued updated anti-terrorism guidelines for academics on 22 January.
The recommendations state that universities should have a clearly defined freedom of speech practice and employ a careful selection process when choosing public speakers, agreeing to share information about speakers who might advocate violence. Critics of the proposals put forth in 2006 expressed concerns that the guidelines might encourage Islamaphobia. Although the re-issued guidelines aim to increase unity on campus, some lecturers insist they are being asked to ‘police’ their students.
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