Boston University Wins FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month

August 14, 2015

By Aleister at College Insurrection

Speech policy at BU looks good on the surface but there’s a catch.

Samantha Harris reports at the FIRE blog.

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August 2015: Boston University (BU).

While BU is private, and thus not legally bound by the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech and expression, the university has committed itself to upholding the expressive rights of students and faculty. Among other things, BU’s Student Responsibilities policy explicitly states that “[w]hen they enter the University, students retain their rights under the laws of society.” Moreover, the university’s Academic Freedom policy refers to BU as “an atmosphere of unfettered free inquiry and exposition.” Given these commitments, students at BU should reasonably be able to expect the same expressive rights that they would enjoy at any of Massachusetts’ public colleges and universities...

Schools: Boston University