h/t Hot Air.
FIRE has a report that says the unthinkable– college campuses aren’t totally into Free Speech!
The report’s findings include:
—Public colleges and universities are disregarding their constitutional obligations. More than 73% of public universities surveyed maintain unconstitutional speech codes, despite numerous federal court decisions striking down similar or identical policies.
—Most private colleges and universities promise free speech, but usually do not deliver. Unlike public universities, private universities are not legally bound by the First Amendment. However, most of them explicitly promise free speech rights to their students and faculty. For example, Boston University promises “the right to teach and to learn in an atmosphere of unfettered free inquiry and exposition.” Unfortunately, it also prohibits speech that would be constitutionally protected in society at large, such as “annoying” electronic communications and expressions of opinion that do not “show respect for the aesthetic, social, moral, and religious feelings of others.”
I work at a University. We’re big into “diversity and multiculturalism”. And some dumbass decided to write an offensive epithet on the wall in a dormitory. If they find the offender (there’s no reason to think it’s a current student, either– the writing may be old) then that person will probably be expelled. It’s a public university and it will be discipline someone for writing a racial slur on a wall. Additionally, disciplinary action is being pursued against students who verbally use racial epithets. But the question has to be asked– is it right to do so, given that they are simply exercising free speech? I’m not say that kind of language belongs on campuses around the nation. But restriction of the rights we hold dear shouldn’t be implemented, either.
I’ll make you a deal, though. I won’t suppress your desire to spew racial epithets, and you won’t complain when I send out a letter of recommendation which goes into minute detail about your colorful methods of expression.