University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Punishment of Free Speech Protestors

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: University of North Carolina – Greensboro

When College Libertarians members Allison Jaynes and Robert Sinnott protested against the University of North Carolina at Greenboro’s free speech zone policy they were charged with a “violation of Respect” for refusing an order to stop their protest for being outside the designated free speech zones. FIRE wrote to UNCG Chancellor Patricia Sullivan explaining UNCG’s restrictions on free speech were contrary to the First Amendment. After FIRE became involved, Jaynes and Sinnott received notice from the university that the charges had been dropped. FIRE also learned that the chancellor established a committee to reexamine the university’s “free speech zone” policy.