As a result of various issues with the First Amendment at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the school requested FIRE’s input on its “free speech zone” policy, which was under review. FIRE wrote that UNCG is legally “allowed to enforce ‘reasonable time, place and manner restrictions’ on activities that would significantly disrupt university functioning,” there is “nothing ‘reasonable’ about transforming the vast majority of a university’s property into a ‘censorship area.'” FIRE also criticized UNCG’s “Policy on Discriminatory Conduct” which banned any “disrespect for persons.” UNCG agreed to respect its political student groups’ right to freedom of association.
February 1, 2006
A controversy held over from the fall semester reemerged last week on the UNCG campus as student political groups protested and administrators scrutinized an embattled speech policy. College Republicans and Democrats joined the College Libertarians Jan. 26 for a protest in front of Jackson Library, which is not one of the designated areas for political activity. More than a dozen students braved the cold, windy weather to raise awareness and circulate a petition to have the policy changed. The UNCG Facility Use Policy designates the east lawn in front of the Elliot University Center and outside the Foust building as […]» Read More
February 1, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C., February 1, 2006—In response to student protests, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) has agreed to respect its political student groups’ right to freedom of association. After the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) intervened, UNCG also dropped charges against students who demonstrated for freedom of speech. Now, FIRE is calling upon UNCG to abolish its highly restrictive “free speech zone.” UNCG is finally starting to do the right thing,” said Greg Lukianoff, FIRE’s interim president. “We are happy to offer advice on how the university can live up to its First Amendment obligations—and our […]» Read More