Loyola University Chicago: Censorship of “Free Speech Wall”

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Loyola University Chicago

In April 2014, Loyola University Chicago informed the Loyola Students For Liberty student organization that it would be required to censor its “free speech wall” and remove any messages that were “grossly offensive” or “contrary to the University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and heritage.” On April 21, FIRE wrote a letter to Loyola reminding the university of its obligation to honor its promises of broad expressive rights on campus. Despite its earlier demands against the group, the university ultimately backed down, and the event transpired as planned, with no censorship of any material on the free speech wall.

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  • Loyola University Chicago Backs Down from Demands That Students Censor Free Speech Wall

    May 12, 2014

    In April, Loyola University Chicago informed a student group planning a “free speech wall” event that it would be required to censor any messages that were “grossly offensive” or “contrary to the University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and heritage.” After FIRE wrote to remind Loyola of its obligation to honor its promises of broad expressive rights on campus, Loyola backed down from its demands that students censor each other, and the event transpired as planned. FIRE is pleased that Loyola ultimately respected its students’ free speech rights and hopes that it will continue to do so in the future.

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