by Sara Noble
Colleges around the country have been making their own “free speech” rules which clearly violate the first amendment.
Indiana University Southeast is one such school. Students may only “express opinions” within a free speech zone. This is antithetical to what a college should stand for, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an advocacy organization which defends the free speech and due process rights of college students.
“It’s the price you pay for living in a free society,” Robert Shibley, Senior Vice President of FIRE, told FoxNews.com.”The entire enterprise of a university is to express scholarly thoughts and opinions…restraints on that are impossible.” [FoxNews]
IUS’s code requires university approval for acts of ‘expressed opinions’ by submitting an application at least five days in advance. The code is so broad, it’s hard to know what they are even referring to – they could mean anything and everything.
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