David Wippman.

In his latest co-authored essay, “How colleges can address online harassment,” President David Wippman observed that, “traditional free speech rules are difficult to apply in a social media age.” He and co-author Cornell Professor of American Studies Glenn Altschuler discussed how “institutions of higher education need to do more to create a campus culture in which the free and open exchange of ideas is embraced, dissent is encouraged and disagreement is managed through reasoned argument rather than intimidation — whether online or in person.”

Discussing possible solutions, the writers suggested that, “For colleges and universities, reliance on education and social norms is more feasible and may even be more effective” than legal sanctions. The essay was published in The Hill on Sept. 17.

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