College’s Speech Violation Based On Gov’t Instruction

January 22, 2015

By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has announced its Speech Code of the Month goes to Georgia Southern University for adopting an unconstitutional speech policy.

Robert Shibley of FIRE says in 2013 the U.S. Department of Education issued a blueprint for sexual harassment policies. Schools are told sexual harassment should be more broadly defined.

“What the recommendation amounts to is urging a national speech code,” Shibley tells OneNewsNow. “And unfortunately Georgia Southern has fallen into that trap and passed an unconstitutional speech code at the behest of the federal government.”

He says the DOE coerces schools into adopting these guidelines by threatening to withhold federal funds.

“If schools across the country do submit to this blueprint definition of sexual harassment, it could undo a lot of work that FIRE and other organizations have done to protect free speech on college campuses,” he explains.

Shibley says FIRE is working to get a new regulation issued or to get members of Congress involved in order to roll back what he considers an egregious regulation.

Schools: Georgia Southern University