U.S. colleges spend millions on security to host controversial speakers

As the political climate in America has become more heated in recent years, so has the debate over what constitutes free speech. Look no further for evidence of this controversy than President Donald Trump’s recent vow to issue an executive order that would require colleges to “support free speech” if they want access to federal research funding.

The debate has already proved costly for colleges. Speaking engagements with high-profile figures who make headlines from inflammatory comments — and the violent protests that can sometimes come with them — have been expensive, as campuses shell out to create a safe environment for free speech.

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