Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Jens B. Koepke


A rising tide of racism and hate speech is rushing over American university and college campuses. Minority students are alienated and harmed by racist attacks inside and outside the classroom setting. The University of California has addressed the problem of hate speech by developing regulations barring students from using such speech on school grounds. This Note argues that the University of California policy sweeps too broadly and that its application of the "fighting words" doctrine is inappropriate in this context. The Note suggests an alternative policy recognizing the importance of protecting hate speech victims and legitimate speech.