“people are able and encouraged to exchange differing viewpoints or express their feelings through peaceful protest”
Anyone want to bet that student protesters try to force their way into the building when the vote happens?
University of Florida bans indoor protesters from upcoming Sasse vote
University of Florida officials on Monday warned students that the school will enforce a decades-old rule banning protesters inside campus buildings when the board of trustees meets next week to consider appointing Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) as president.
While this policy has not been applied in recent years, outgoing president Kent Fuchs told students that the flagship university could discipline demonstrators for protesting like they did two weeks ago, when the Nebraska senator made his first visit to the Gainesville campus. Then, hundreds of protesters flooded the building where Sasse was speaking, “chanting loudly, banging their fists on windows, walls and furniture” while prompting UF to shorten the engagement, Fuchs said.
“UF supports the First Amendment right to free speech and embraces our university as a place where people are able and encouraged to exchange differing viewpoints or express their feelings through peaceful protest,” Fuchs wrote in a message to the university. “With this commitment comes an obligation to protect the rights of everyone in our community to speak and to hear.”
Sasse on Oct. 6 was named the sole finalist in the search for a new leader at UF, a move that sparked intense backlash from the student body. As Sasse defended his stance on LGBTQ rights, including opposition to a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, and his views on faculty tenure, students chanted loudly from the packed lobby outside the room, waving signs telling him to “go back to Nebraska.”
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