Organization battling Tech on freedom of speech rights

By December 15, 2009

Some of Tech’s policies are drawing fire from FIRE the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

In 2004, this national organization coordinated a successful legal challenge resulting in expanded free speech zones on Tech’s campus and a re-write of the university’s speech code.

Now FIRE is giving Tech a "red light" rating for policies it deems restricts freedom of expression by students and faculty using university computers and email.

FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley says the issue is policy dependence on subjective standards.

"By granting university administrators the power to decide what speech is and is not objectionable, the university of effectively throwing the first amendment under the bus and subjects students to the possibility of punishment for speech that’s entirely protected," says Creeley.

Tech Spokeswoman Sally Post says the university’s policy follows the state’s guidelines for usage of and content on state-owned computers.

Schools: Texas Tech University