Regulating Speech on Campus
It’s not easy to do without running afoul of the First Amendment. Recently, Winston-Salem State University announced a new “free speech zone” policy and immediately took so much criticism that the policy is now being reviewed. In the Pope Center’s Clarion Call this week, Jay Schalin writes about the controversy.
In 2005, FIRE did a study of the degree to which the UNC schools infringe upon the First Amendment rights of students, faculty members, or others who want to speak on public property. The study concluded that most of the campuses had at least one policy that either clearly or arguably would not withstand judicial scrutiny.