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!)
Your [Semi-Serious] Christmas Gift Guide for Today’s College Students
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for that college student in your life can be tough. We here at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) want to help. We know college students and the unique challenges they face.
Three Universities, Three Student Groups, and Three Unconstitutional Speech Policies
University campuses may be slowing down as students leave for the holidays, but universities across the country are keeping Alliance Defending Freedom busy.
If Your Viewpoint Is “Similar” to Someone Else’s, Should It Be Silenced?
Too much of a “similar” viewpoint is a bad thing, according to officials at the University of California Berkeley. That is, unless it is a favored viewpoint.
Warning: Pro-Life Display Ahead
This year, university officials at Miami University of Ohio told Students for Life they were not permitted to put up their display without also posting warning signs around campus, basically discouraging people from viewing the exhibit. They feared the display might cause “emotional trauma” for other students. A university official also characterized the display as “harmful for some of [the university’s] community members.”
It Starts in the University: Justice Thomas Decries Societal Trend to “Limit Ideas”
Justice Thomas is right. The trend today, especially on college campuses, is to limit exposure to ideas that some people find offensive. Instead of “sticks and stones,” students believe “words are violence” and that sticks and stones may be used to shut up words that one disagrees with.
Victory for Free Speech at Michigan College that Muzzled T-Rex-clad Student’s Speech
TPUSA Students represented by the ADF Center for Academic Freedom won a victory for over 48,000 students today. In April, Macomb Community College (MCC) police approached three members of the Turning Point USA chapter at the college who were on a large open area of the Clinton Township campus to raise awareness about the value […]
Investigating Speech: When the Process Becomes the Punishment
What do these two statements have in common? Merely uttering these ideas caused a Georgetown student group and a Boise State professor to spend weeks justifying their existence on campus – the supposed marketplace of ideas.
While both were ultimately vindicated last week, the process was the punishment, and it shows the poor state of free speech on our campuses