Saginaw Valley State University: Administration Rejects Flyers Protesting Unconstitutional Posting Policy

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Saginaw Valley State University

  • SVSU defends decision to prohibit profanity-bearing posters

    December 23, 2012

    A Saginaw Valley State University student whose profanity-laced posters were not allowed to be posted on campus bulletin boards is claiming the school is violating his First Amendment rights. Daniel Chapman, who is involved in student government at SVSU, has attempted to display posters that use profanity to protest a new policy at the university that requires all postings to meet the approval of the Student Life Office. The policy states that postings must be in good taste, free from profanity, nudity or sexually suggestive graphics/phrasing and not include discriminatory or derogatory statements or graphics. Chapman, citing a 1971 Supreme […]

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  • ‘techdirt’ on Saginaw Valley State U’s Censorship of Anti-Censorship Posters

    December 27, 2012

    In an article titled “University Utilizing Faulty Irony Detector Censors Flyer Protesting Its Censorship Policy” published today on popular technology blog techdirt, Tim Cushing comments on FIRE’s ongoing case at Saginaw Valley State University. Cushing points out the continuing oddity of higher education’s insistence on treating adult students as “overly sensitive children who need to be kept in a protective, non-offensive bubble during their stay on campus.” The whole article is worth a read (warning, some “swear words” are used), as it makes many of the same points FIRE President Greg Lukianoff makes in his book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship […]

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  • ‘(Bleep) Censorship’ posters not OK on Saginaw Valley State billboards, prompting legal challenge

    December 7, 2012

    by Lindsay Knake MLive   KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI — A Saginaw Valley State University student says the school is inhibiting his freedom of speech, but university officials say otherwise. Daniel Chapman wants to put up a sign with a two-word slogan; the first word is an expletive and the second is “censorship.” According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit organization Chapman contacted for help, he’s protesting a university policy that states the Student Life office must review and approve all materials posted throughout the university. “SVSU is using its unlawful censorship policy to censor student criticism of its […]

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  • Saginaw Valley State’s Scofflaw Administrators Ignore First Amendment

    December 7, 2012

    DETROIT, December 7, 2012—Blatantly ignoring the First Amendment, administrators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in Michigan’s Tri-Cities area have repeatedly censored a student’s posters—ironically, posters that protest a new, unconstitutional SVSU policy that allows the school to censor student postings. SVSU student Daniel Chapman has come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. “You read that right: SVSU is using its unlawful censorship policy to censor student criticism of its unlawful censorship policy,” said FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley. “SVSU administrators have displayed no understanding of the First Amendment or why free speech is […]

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