Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




A comprehensive look at First Amendment theory as it relates to hate speech codes on college campuses and the political correctness movement. Theoretical arguments written both for and against having hate speech codes on college campuses utilizing suggestions for constitutionally sounds hate speech codes as well as case law history. Legal research conducted by Shepardizing and categorizing into propositions those United States Supreme Court cases that have cited Chaplinsky v. The State of New Hampshire; the case which set up the guidelines for restriction of the First Amendment by holding that "fighting words" are not protected speech.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Communication University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Heidi Jeanne Hess April, 1995