ADF Center for Academic Freedom Staff
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?
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!)
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.”
Are You a Neo-Nazi? Boise State Thinks You Are If You Agree with This Professor
From all of the outrage, you might assume that Yenor had done something really terrible. His crime? Writing a report and a follow-up article linking the transgender and feminist movements, highlighting their shared idea that biological sex does not determine our identity, and discussing how that idea undermines the family and parental rights.
When Speech is Censored for 90 Days on 99.9987% of Campus
At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), it would be difficult to limit free speech more than they already are.
Here’s a look at their speech policies, and what one student group is doing to help defend student rights on campus:
Ben Shapiro Gets a Less-than-Enthusiastic Welcome at His Alma Mater, UCLA
Just as Ben Shapiro is set to speak on the intolerance of free speech on college campuses, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)… refuses to tolerate his free speech.
Why the University Must Be a “Marketplace of Ideas”
The willingness to admit that you may be wrong and actually consider an alternate point of view is exceedingly rare, but increasingly important. In a culture of “alternative facts” and claims of “fake news,” we are no longer healthy skeptics. We are cynics. And rather than listen to another point of view, more often than […]
Meet 4 college students giving us hope for the future of free speech
The ADF Center for Academic Freedom has the opportunity to represent many students who stand up for their constitutional rights on campus.