Colleges: We don’t want to limit student speech, demonstrations

June 6, 2013

Officials with Iowa's three public universities and with several other colleges said the issues raised in that case won't impact their policies about student usage of campus spaces, because their policies don't contain the same restrictions.

"We want to see students taking interest in politics and social issues, so we try to make that as easy for them as possible," said Tom Rocklin, vice president for student life at the University of Iowa.

Rules vary The UI, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, Coe College and Cornell College all said they do not require prior approval of any fliers or literature students want to distribute on campus. And while the schools said they don't limit where students can gather or hold demonstrations, some of the colleges do require advance notice for student use of specific high-demand spaces or campus areas...