“The only permission slip students need to speak on campus is the First Amendment.”
Lawsuits seem to be an effective way of getting schools to abandon policies that hinder free speech.
The Daily Caller reports:
UMass-Amherst Spikes Speech Zone Policy After Getting Sued
The University of Massachusetts Amherst spiked a speech zone policy that limited “speeches and rallies” to a one-hour block in a space comprising less than one percent of the campus.
Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) dropped its lawsuit against the school Monday after UMass-Amherst voted to approve a new policy on June 20, according to a press release.
“The only permission slip students need to speak on campus is the First Amendment. UMass-Amherst made the right move by eliminating this unconstitutional limit on student speech,” ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton said in a statement. “A public university is hardly the marketplace of ideas it’s supposed to be when less than one percent of campus is open for only one hour a day. We commend [Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)] and these brave students for taking a stand and causing UMass to remove this speech zone that never should have existed in the first place.”
ADF sued the school in January on behalf of YAL and UMass-Amherst student Nicholas Consolini. The plaintiffs contested that the school’s campus speech policy was unconstitutional, citing its failure to define what constituted a “speech” or “rally,” as well as its allowance for sanctions including expulsion should students violate it.
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