Students at elite colleges more likely to protest controversial speakers


Schools where speaker protests have occurred (in red) are disproportionately more affluent than other schools.

Madison Rexroat

A recent analysis of college protests suggests that colleges with more affluent students are more likely to protest controversial speakers and are more unwelcoming to free speech.

“The schools where students have attempted to disinvite speakers are substantially wealthier and more expensive than average,” said the authors of the study.

Although there could be merit to the study, it has its fair share of critics who point out that not all colleges report protests, making the data incomplete. Another point of contention is that elite schools are more likely to invite high profile speakers than low-income schools. 

To read the full story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, click here.