University of California at Irvine: Administrators Suppress Speech in Support of Graduate Student Strike with Vague Policy

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In November 2022, the University of California, Irvine, prevented its graduate and undergraduate student governments from using a university email platform (ZotMail) to support striking graduate students, citing the university’s policies prohibiting students’ “political” speech on the system. On December 9, FIRE wrote UCI explaining three ways it erred: Its denial of the messages appears to be viewpoint discriminatory, the policy fails to define “political” speech, and it exercised unconstitutional prior review and a prior restraint in denying the messages.