Student Activist Wins ‘Free-Speech’ Battle

By June 23, 2005

A Seminole Community College student has won the right to set up a table in the campus cafeteria and distribute literature on slaughterhouses after being told she couldn't because it would cause "exceptional controversy."

When Eliana Campos, a 2003 graduate of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, requested the spot inside the student cafeteria, she instead was referred to the Oviedo campus' "free-speech zone," a remote area near the Clock Tower.

Higher-ups at the college later reversed the decision, saying they intend to form a committee to rewrite the policy that limits such expressions to "free-speech zones."

Such zones -- usually small and out-of-the-way areas of campus -- are the latest challenge to free speech advocates like David French, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia. Last year, a federal judge ruled a similar policy at Texas Tech University unconstitutional, but French says free-speech zones are quite common...

Schools: Seminole State College