SGA seeks campus-wide free speech

February 5, 2008

What do Sanford Mall, Duck Pond Field, Durham Park and the open-air amphitheater outside Plemmons Student Union have in common?

They are currently the four locations where students can enjoy unscheduled protests on Appalachian State University's campus.

The SGA Senate voted at its Jan. 29 meeting in favor of new legislation that would revise the current policy to make the entire campus a place of free speech.

The legislation was introduced by Senate member and junior criminal justice major Graham P. Shaw.

"I read a lot of articles by Mike Adams, a professor at [the University of North Carolina at Wilmington] and critic of many policies that universities around the country hold," Shaw said. "Through his columns I found an organization called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE had reviewed our school and pointed out several policies that were against free speech...

Schools: Appalachian State University