Location: Moorpark, California
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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November 4, 2010
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2010: Moorpark College, a public community college in California. Moorpark’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits any “profanity, vulgarity, or other offensive conduct.” As a public institution, Moorpark is prohibited from infringing on its students’ First Amendment rights, but this policy bans a great deal of constitutionally protected speech and expression. Profanity and vulgarity, however offensive they may be to members of the campus community, are protected speech. In upholding the right of a Vietnam War protester to be in a county courthouse wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words “Fuck the […]» Read More