By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow
In what could be described as an unusual restriction of free speech, a Florida college’s sexual harassment policy warns about the tone of your voice.
A pamphlet distributed by St. Petersburg College states, in part, that sexual harassment can be defined as “unwanted sexual advances, sexual comments and even someone’s voice inflection.”
Samantha Harris of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, says the policy suffers from a “common defect” among colleges and universities, which is conflicting definitions within the same set of rules.
“That leaves students uncertain about what they can and cannot say,” she says, which creates a “chilling effect” that’s not allowed by the First Amendment.
Harris applauds college watchdog “Campus Reform” for reporting on St. Petersburg’s new policy. When such stories are written, she says, colleges can’t defend in public what they were attempting to do in private.
“So just bringing attention to these policies through the media is very effective,” she tells OneNewsNow.