Students Keep "No Platforming" Contentious Speakers. Should They Stop?

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Students are the ones most impacted by what happens at their universities. Thus, they should have significant say over what happens at their school.

  • This is especially true for no-platforming that occurs regarding a commencement speaker, as commencement exists specifically to honor those who are graduating, thus their desires should hold extra weight.

  • Several surveys point out that students support no-platform policies.

  • Student unions have the right and indeed the responsibility to set standards to protect the safety and well-being of students.

  • Students navigate university in a disadvantaged position relative to other members of the academic community. Their safety should be protected by giving them the power to "no-platform" facist and hate speech.

  • Any enforcement of a potential ban against no-platforming would serve to exacerbate existing patterns of systemic oppression against the grievances of marginalized voices.

  • Where university fees are fully paid by students, then the customer's wish should be accounted for as by any business and government/politicians should not intervene

  • Students are only at schools for a short time, meaning they have no reason to care about the long term image or impact of their decisions on the school.

  • Students go to school to learn; perhaps most importantly, to learn how to think when exposed to the universe of ideas never arbitrarily limited by their own lack of imagination and experience.

  • Students do not set the curriculum or research agenda of their schools. By the same token, they should not expect to set the school's public lecture schedule.

  • That students should have significant say over what happens at their school has no bearing on the question of whether they should keep the no platforming policy or not.

  • Students who are in favour of hearing a particular speaker should, then, have the right to bring them in.

  • Many student organizations, such as student governments or unions, claim they represent the voice of the students but actually hold much different views because of low student participation/voting turnout in such groups.