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VP77 - Free Speech at University Petition watch

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    P77 - Free Speech at University PetitionFree Speech at University Petition.

    The events during Jacob Rees Mogg speech at the University of the South West of England are unacceptable and go against the principles of free speech and tolerance that our universities pride themselves on.

    This petition calls on the government to comdem the events at JRM event and also calls on the government to create an "office for students" that protects student rights and free speech at our universities

    The OfS should have a range of powers if freedom of speech is not upheld, including ‘monetary penalties’ and deregistering institutions.

    When a university is deregistered it means it is not recognised as an English higher education provider, cannot receive direct Whitehall funding and will not be able to award its own degrees.

    Many student unions believe universities need to be ‘safe spaces’ where young people can be shielded from views they may find upsetting. But critics say being shielded from the realities of the world does not prepare students for the challenges they face after graduation.
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    Abstain on this, I don’t know if this is a petition that will achieve much but it’s not something I feel like voting against either
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    Eh maybe I'm being too harsh on this one - please change my vote from nay to abstain please DayneD89
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    I agree with that free speech at universities needs to be sorted out as I agree that the Jacob Rees Mogg situation the other week was unacceptable however, I don't feel like this is the way to tackle it.

    So I'm gonna have to abstain on this.
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