TCoast college lifts ban on R-rated movies

By February 2, 2005

Under threat of a lawsuit by a civil-liberties group, Indian River Community College announced today that it will lift its ban on R-rated movies from being shown by campus groups.


By doing so, a Christian student club will be allowed to show the controversial “The Passion of the Christ,” which the college denied the club from showing on campus in December.


“We want to have a campus where everyone feels comfortable here,” HenriSue Bynum, associate dean of arts and science, said this afternoon. “We want to make sure those wanting to express their ideas are able to do so, and those not wanting to hear those ideas don’t have to.”


After members of the Christian Student Fellowship contacted Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the college hired a constitutional law expert in Tallahassee to review its policies regarding student activities and events.


The college’s reversal of its R-rated movie ban — which was unwritten but called a “long-standing practice” by IRCC officials — was a result of that review.

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Schools: Indian River State College