Capsule comments

November 19, 2005

Northern Arizona University has adopted a speech code that prohibits “stereotyping” and “negative comments and jokes.”

According to the Goldwater Institute, the code also includes a list of prohibited topics that might be offensive, such as veteran status or sexual orientation.

While it is laudable to protect students, faculty members and staffers from harassment, the First Amendment remains in effect, and it doesn’t bar offensive speech.

A less sweeping speech code is more appropriate for this public university.

Schools: Northern Arizona University