The University of Alabama (UA) Student Senate passed a “free speech” resolution that directly opposes a “hate speech” resolution previously passed by UA’s Faculty Senate. The students’ move comes after close consultation with the FIRE, and the resolution follows an open letter FIRE sent to the UA community to protest the faculty’s proposed regulations. After UA’s Faculty Senate resolution condemning hate speech, FIRE wrote an open letter to UA in opposition to the hate speech resolution reminding UA that the policy restrictions were unconstitutional and recommended the Faculty Senate rescind the resolution. Heeding FIRE’s advice, the Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of free speech, demonstrating that many individuals on campuses still believe in upholding free speech despite the possibility of offense.
November 15, 2004
The UA Faculty Senate is a free speech violator and created a “speech code” with its resolution that condemns hate speech, officials at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education say. In response to an incident at an event sponsored by University Programs where a comedian directed homosexual jokes toward a student, the Faculty Senate passed a resolution condemning “hate speech” and advised that UA administration institute policies that UA sponsored speakers should not be able to make racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, homophobic or ethnic statements. Officials at FIRE are concerned that the resolution will limit freedom of […]» Read More