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ST. GEORGE, Utah, September 17, 2015—Dixie State University’s 8,570 students have a special reason to celebrate Constitution Day today after their university agreed to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed earlier this year by three students. The settlement—finalized today—is the seventh consecutive victory for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) unprecedented and undefeated Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.
As part of today’s settlement, Dixie State agreed to revise the campus policies targeted by the lawsuit to meet First Amendment standards. These include the university’s unconstitutional flyer approval process, posting policies, club event policies, and “free speech zone” policy. The university has also agreed to provide training to administrators about the campus’ new speech policies and pay $50,000 in damages and attorney’s fees.
Attorneys Robert Corn-Revere, Ronald London, and Lisa Zycherman of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine represented Smith. OU’s settlement comes on the heels of settlements with the University of Hawaii System and Citrus College in December 2014. So far, colleges have settled four of the seven Stand Up For Speech lawsuits coordinated by FIRE for a total of $242,000 in fees and damages. The other three lawsuits are still being litigated. With this victory at OU, the project has successfully protected the free speech rights of over 135,000 students.
originally posted by: xuenchen
An organization called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has been watching the higher education standards concerning free speech deteriorate.
They have noticed an onslaught of no-free-speech amplify beyond comprehension.
The organization claims to have won several court cases involving speech suppression.
It seems many schools are even a little belligerent when it comes to actually "seeing" the policies that govern speech.
Looks like many big schools are running their own countries and disregarding the U.S. Constitution.
Since I live far away from homebase, can anyone tell me if the crazy preacher from the University of Arizona lawn area is still going at it?
Miss those days yelling at him to correct him about his bibiclal falacies.
REPORT: Nearly half of public colleges restrict student speech
An annual report on speech policies at major colleges and universities finds that while some progress was made toward lifting speech restrictions this year, much work remains to be done.
In the 2016 edition of “Spotlight on Speech Codes,” published annually since 2009, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) gives a “red light” label—signifying at least one substantial speech restriction—to 49.3 percent of the 440 schools it reviewed, representing a slight improvement over last year, when 55 percent of schools received the failing grade.
In order to earn a red light rating, a school must have “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, or that bars public access to its speech-related policies by requiring a university login and password for access.” FIRE further specifies that a red light policy must be both “clear,” meaning its consequences do not depend on how it is applied or enforced, as well as “broadly applicable to campus expression.”
Who *DO* these people think they are anyway?
What are school policy makers so afraid of?
The "Fear-Factors" apply
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: DBCowboy
The constitution says congress (notice the bold I have bolded it several times for a reason) shall make no law.
I have also stated that college is not congress. They are a public entity sort of like public utility. You can't go into a public utility and blab whatever you want, you would be removed. Colleges can make rules as well as high schools.