NAU speech code unconstitutional

November 30, 2005

Northern Arizona University is getting some unwanted publicity for its speech code that violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in October singled out the Flagstaff school for its ironically titled "Speech Code of the Month" award.

And a recent Goldwater Institute e-mail newsletter carried this headline: "First Amendment on Spring Break at NAU."

I seldom agree with Goldwater, but this time the institute is right.

NAU's nine-page "Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy" states: "Prohibited harassment includes, but is not limited to, stereotyping, negative comments or jokes, explicit threats, segregation, and verbal or physical assault when any of these are based upon a person's race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation...

Schools: Northern Arizona University