There are never enough Pollys to go around!
In a case strikingly similar to the one that won DePaul University the number two Polly in the 2006 Campus Outrage Awards, students are suing Georgia Institute of Technology for trampling their free speech rights. At GA Tech, university officials censored portions of protest signs criticizing “The V Monologues” and shut down an “affirmative action bake sale” in 2003. Students sought assistance from the Alliance Defense Fund and with the help of David French, former president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, sued the university for infringement of their rights, according to the Student Press Law Center (SPLC).
Excluding the lawsuit, this case is eerily similar to DePaul University’s Polly-winning actions. Among other things, DePaul officials shut down an “affirmative action bake sale” and charged the organizer with harassment and removed signs protesting Ward Churchill. A successful legal decision in Georgia might remind DePaul officials about the rights of all students.