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Federal ‘harassment’ agreement with University of Montana exposes journalists to risk of discipline for writing about sex

By May 14, 2013

by Frank LoMonte

Student Press Law Center


New federal guidance about what constitutes sexually harassing speech on college campuses appear to expand the definition of “harassment” to include harmless references to sexual topics, even those in student media.

Two federal agencies, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, announced a settlement last week in their investigation of the University of Montana-Missoula, which was accused of responding lackadaisically to campus sexual assaults. The investigation expanded beyond sexual violence into a wider-ranging inquiry into UM’s policies on sexual harassment...