News Campus Speech Zones

Many campuses have implemented "Free Speech Zones". Students are only allowed all their free speech rights in these zones, and often they have to get permission ahead-of-time. Many are now sueing their schools. I know that we have had problems with this issue (I don't know about the sueing part), and changes are proposed to make the campus more free-speech friendly. This is obviously a big 1st Amendment issue.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/EDUCATION/05/30/campus.speech.ap/index.html [Broken]
 
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Zero

Tough question, especially for students who are living on campus.
 

damgo

Doesn't seem like a very tough question. Universities are supposed to sponsor the free exchange of ideas. 'Free speech zones' seem pretty clearly to be a move by administrations who would like to save themselves from headaches and offended students. Too bad for them.
 

schwarzchildradius

That's pretty sinister. It's the result of a hyper-politicized academic world, dont you think? Similar to public textbook censorship. It is probably a well written law being abused by power-tripping beauraucrats. As I've heard, it is supposed to apply only in cases where speech would interfere with education.
 

Zero

Originally posted by schwarzchildradius
That's pretty sinister. It's the result of a hyper-politicized academic world, dont you think? Similar to public textbook censorship. It is probably a well written law being abused by power-tripping beauraucrats. As I've heard, it is supposed to apply only in cases where speech would interfere with education.
See, that's what makes it tough. I think the universities have a right to ensure a good learning environment, and to restrict some speech on those grounds seems fair.
 

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