Two brothers are organizing a nationwide event to pushback against free speech zones and other suppressions of students' speech on college campuses.
Several colleges across the country have attempted to restrict students' speech to "free speech zones," which have been ripe for lawsuits.
It's the first month of school for most students, which is a good time to take a look at policies or procedures that may have changed over the summer break without much notice.
On Monday, students at the University of Alabama who tried to film a Harlem Shake video on the school's quad learned they couldn't gather without a permit from the university, according to reports in The Crimson White, Alabama's student newspaper. The school requires all groups to apply for a grounds use permit for events, speeches, rallies or protests on campus, and it can take up to 10 days for the school to approve permits.The large crowd that gathered was told by campus police to disperse, and the student who organized the event was given a ticket, The Crimson White reports.
Campus police stopped the editor of a Georgia college's student newspaper from talking to students and distributing a petition last week because he was outside the school’s free expression zone.
A federal judge permanently struck down free speech policies at the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday, upholding a previous ruling that found the policy unconstitutional and vague.Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction in June in the lawsuit brought by the school's Young Americans for Liberty chapter after group members tried to circulate a petition across campus and were confined to a "Free Speech Area" consisting of about 10,000 square feet.Black's decision Wednesday makes that ruling permanent, ending policies that required students to give between five to 15 days prior notice of protests and demonstrations, in addition to confining them to the free speech area.
TheUniversity of Cincinnati likely violated students’ First Amendment rights whenit restricted members of the UC chapter of Young Americans for Liberty fromcirculating a petition across campus, the U.S.
A public university can't make a speaker wait 14 days for a permit to give a talk or distribute literature on campus sidewalks, or give notice of the topics he intends to address, a federal appeals court ruled this week.John McGlone, an evangelical Christian preacher from Kentucky, brought suit against Tennessee Technical University after being told to leave campus property during two April 2009 visits because he had not complied with TTU's speaking permit rules.A federal district court threw out McGlone's case.