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Parliamentary briefing: Proposed statutory guidance relating to events on university campuses

Briefing front coverWe expect that regulations will be laid shortly which bring into force statutory guidance relating to a duty placed on universities by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, to have to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. 

Much of the relevant statutory guidance has already been passed by Parliament, but the most controversial aspect – guidance relating to events on campus and speakers – was removed following consultation on the original draft guidance in January 2015. At this point it was stated that specific guidance would be published before 1 July 2015. 

If this further guidance were to reflect the original form of the guidance it could place damaging restrictions on freedom of speech in universities, and undermine the particular role of universities in combating extremism – that is, to act as places where controversial ideas can be heard, debated and challenged in public.

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