Colleges Blasted Over ‘Free-Speech’ Zones

May 29, 2003

By Lisa Falkenberg at The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- Time and again, Ruben Reyes asked the University of Texas at El Paso for permission to hold protests about environmental dangers, the administration and censorship -- typical stuff for a campus demonstration.

Each time, Reyes was turned down by officials who said the student union where the creative writing student wanted to talk was not one of the two ``free-speech zones'' on the campus of 17,000 students.

Reyes responded by joining a growing number of students around the country who have taken university officials to court, complaining that free speech is being stifled by institutions that in many cases promote themselves as pillars of democracy...

Schools: University of Texas at El Paso University of Houston