As if speech zones weren’t bad enough, students at Florida State get to express themselves next to a cemetery.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Code Red: Florida State University banishes speech to graveyard area

Florida State University, a public college in Tallahassee, Fla., holds a red speech code rating, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s campus free speech rating system.

Institutions which hold a “red light speech code rating” are defined as those which have “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech … In other words, the threat to free speech at a red light institution is obvious on the face of the policy and does not depend on how the policy is applied.”Florida State’s speech code policies restrict where and when students can exercise their First Amendment rights and distribute advertisements for upcoming events.

According to an “open platform” policy, there is a small, open platform area for students to use, with university permission, from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m, for demonstrations. According to a map, there are only two areas where students can peacefully assemble: an area next to the graveyard on campus and a small area on the southeast corner of the Oglesby Union. There is also only one place where students can distribute materials on campus, the “active distribution” area, which is on the Legacy Walk and on specific “posting kiosks.”

Furthermore, “only FSU entities may pass out flyers or advertising materials on campus” and “materials placed on the outdoor posting boards may not exceed 8.5″X11″ in size.”


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