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Written by Student Rights on 21 July 2015 at 12pm

The Guardian: Universities will be allowed to host extremist speakers – within limits

By Alan Travis

17th July 2015

University campus meetings which give a platform to extremist speakers will only be allowed to go ahead if they are to be directly challenged by somebody with opposing views at the same event, under compromise counter-extremism proposals agreed by the government.

The new redrawn statutory duty on universities to prevent staff and students being drawn into terrorism no longer requires potential external speakers to provide a detailed script in advance for vetting but colleges will be able to insist that “high-risk” meetings do not take place without proper notice being given first.

The new official rules do spell out that meetings should be banned if there is any doubt that the risk of “drawing people into terrorism” cannot be “fully mitigated”.

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