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Hendrickson Co-Authors Book on Student Free Speech

Article about Robert Hendrickson's newly co-authored book, Student Free Speech

Hendrickson_sml.jpgby Joe Savrock (July 2010)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Robert M. Hendrickson, professor of higher education and senior scientist in Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, is co-author of a newly released book that addresses student free speech—one of the most litigated issues in higher education.

“Student Free Speech and Public Higher Education” (Education Law Association, 2010) was produced in response to the varied content and contexts of student speech, an area in which new controversies continuously arise.

The authors analyze contemporary case law, delineate key concepts, and translate legal principle into professional practice for public college and university leaders. The book’s topics include the scope and limits of free speech, with special attention to disruptive or threatening speech, forum analysis, and institutional policies related to civility, recognition and funding of student organizations, Internet use, student publications, materials distribution, and student elections.

Hendrickson’s co-authors are Kerry Brian Melear (The University of Mississippi), Laurence B. Alexander (University of Florida), and Joseph Beckham (Florida State University).