FIRE Serves Notice on Speech Codes

Glenn Ricketts

Our friends at FIRE continue to stand tall in defense of free speech rights on public university campuses, where senior administrators have long stonewalled criticism of unconstitutional speech codes. As FIRE attempts to make clear in a letter sent to over 300 university presidents and their legal advisers, that's going to have to change, unless they want to pay out for hefty damage settlements. They may not have noticed, but the tide of First Amendment jurisprudence is running heavily against them, as a slew of recent cases makes clear. And if college presidents don't think their speech codes are unconstitutional, they may be in for a quick and expensive crash course on the First Amendment. FIRE will see to that, and once again, we have reason to salute their outstanding work.

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