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3 Recent Victories for Campus Free Speech that You Should Know About

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].”

Can Free Speech Be Limited to Only One Hour a Day?

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!)

FREE SPEECH IN DIVIDED TIMES: THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION?