Students challenge UCF’s ‘free-assembly’ policies

December 6, 2006

Months after campus police broke up an Iraq war protest because students were gathered outside “free-assembly zones,” a University of Central Florida committee is reconsidering those policies.

The review comes after a student grievance, a Student Senate resolution and an intervention by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Philadelphia-based civil rights organization.

“It is simply unacceptable for UCF to transform the vast majority of its campus into a censorship area,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said in a news release. “The current policy is unconstitutional and must be repealed...