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Campus speech codes often violate constitutional rights, watchdog group says

December 7, 2006

Most college and university speech codes would not survive a legal challenge, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a watchdog group for free speech on campuses.

The group examined publicly available policies at more than 300 institutions—those highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report, as well as other big public universities—and concluded that 93 percent of them prohibit speech that is protected by the First Amendment...