“hung up on by two administrators”
This is happening at a public school, so technically, the entire campus is a free speech zone.
Campus Reform reports:
College hangs up on student asking about free speech policy
School officials at a public community college in Texas are refusing to clarify the details of its controversial free speech policy despite repeated student inquiries.
Lone Star College has six branches throughout Texas serving about 89,000 students. On June 6, at 4:12 p.m. local time, Lone Star published a webpage announcing the system-wide adoption of a Free Speech Zone Policy.
Though the institution of “free speech zones” may sound positive, the new policy appears to restrict student’s free speech rights to tiny zones scattered across each campus, such as sidewalks adjacent to parking lots and hallways.
The policy frames itself as an affirmation of students’ speech rights, but Quade Lancaster, a student at the system’s Tomball campus, found the new rules confusing. To Lancaster, it is unclear if he needs to be inside the zones to speak freely, and whether speech outside the zones could be punished.
But when Lancaster placed a phone call three weeks ago seeking clarity from school officials, he told Campus Reform that he was put on hold for up to half an hour multiple times, transferred around like a “hot potato,” hung up on by two administrators, and ultimately never received an answer.
“What are my free speech rights?” he asked. “Why are [they] refusing to clarify?”
Lancaster also said he invited various officials to email him a response, but has not yet heard back. Three weeks later, Lancaster is still without an answer, and Campus Reform’s inquiries to the school’s media office and various officials have been similarly fruitless.
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