Colorado State University Upholds Free Speech for Student Editorials

October 5, 2007

Colorado State University’s Board of Student Communications agreed with FIRE and chose not to punish the editor of its student newspaper, which late last month ran an editorial that read, “Taser this…F*** BUSH.” Rocky Mountain Collegian editor J. David McSwane was admonished for making a choice that the Board deemed “unethical and unprofessional.” But the Board fully accepted FIRE’s position, stating that the editorial “was an expression of opinion, which we regard as protected by the First Amendment.”