3 Recent Victories for Campus Free Speech that You Should Know About
When Karissa Erickson, a graduating student at Colorado Mesa University, put together her remarks to speak at the nursing school’s pinning ceremony, she included a reference to Jesus and a Bible verse. But a university official told her to remove those references, saying, “Speeches should be free of any one religious slant.” Other officials threatened her with “repercussions” if she refused, saying the nursing “program will not tolerate [this Christian content].”
Fresno State Sure Knows How to Pick ‘Em
H. 4440 Will Defend Free Speech on South Carolina College Campuses
House Bill 4440 seeks to protect students at South Carolina’s public universities from becoming the next victims of this sort of abuse. Why is this legislation necessary? First, it protects the rights of students from university officials who either do not understand or do not care about the First Amendment.
One Afternoon, Two Victories for Freedom of Association
Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been misusing nondiscrimination policies to prohibit student clubs from choosing their leaders based on shared beliefs: whether shared political values, or faith in the very religious beliefs the group is formed to foster. Yesterday, this abuse stopped at two Universities.
Can Free Speech Be Limited to Only One Hour a Day?
According to university policies, students are barred from giving outdoor speeches and rallying on campus during class hours, except from noon to 1:00 pm each day. If they do decide to speak or rally during this time, they must do so on a tiny speech zone outside of the student union. That space makes up less than 1 percent of the 1,400 acre campus. (See if you can spot it on the campus map!)
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Liebl v. Schmidt
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