It’s big news when a university adopts a restrictive speech code. But it’s often ignored when one is improved in response to student protests.
Colorado State University’s new policies on speech, student protests and residence hall advertising are all big improvements over the restrictive policies of the past, and the university deserves great credit for making the changes.
The student groups that sought the changes deserve a big chunk of the credit, as does the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which championed the student cause.
Prior policies at CSU on student protests, student speech and residence hall advertising contained some remarkably questionable provisions. For one thing, the policy on hate incidents included a provision that prohibited any “expressions of hostility,” directed at a laundry list of potential targets. University officials have quite sensibly changed this policy so that it now prohibits only outright harassment or verbal and physical abuse...