FIRE Makes Another University Back Down on Speech Restrictions

May 7, 2015

By George Leef at National Review

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has a great record when it comes to getting colleges and universities to abandon their policies against free speech. A new case is Dixie State University in Utah, where administrators told students affiliated with Young Americans for Freedom that they would not be permitted to hand out flyers. Read about it here.

What’s particularly interesting in the Dixie State case is that the students’ flyers were critical of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, connecting both with Che Guevara. “Naughty, naughty” said the speech police. “We don’t allow material that disparages or mocks public officials.” But disparaging or mocking officials is as American as apple pie. It’s core First Amendment speech. Glad that Dixie State is free of that speech code, but unfortunately, the administrators who think it’s proper to tell students what they may say and where they may say it remain.

Schools: Dixie State University Cases: Dixie State University – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project