Delaware State University: Confidentiality Agreement Required for Students Joining Campus Safety Committee


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In March 2023, Delaware State University required all students seeking to join Safe Space Coalition committees, tasked with assessing campus safety, to sign confidentiality agreements banning them from discussing “​​any and all information related to . . . [their] participation as a committee member.” On March 15, FIRE called on the university to rescind this requirement, explaining that the agreements are an unconstitutional prior restraint on student expression and violate students’ First Amendment right to discuss public issues. In a March 17 statement, DSU President Tony Allen admirably admitted that the confidentiality agreements were imposed in error and said they had been rescinded.