University of Central Arkansas ‘Annoying’ Speech Policy Axed

July 6, 2013

by Russell Westerholm at University Herald 

Prompted by an academic watchdog group, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) rewrote part of speech policy, reported.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) called "unconstitutional" the section in UCA's student handbook that stated disciplinary action could be taken on a student for "annoying" another person.

"Students have no way to know what might be punishable since the policy conditions the permissibility of speech entirely upon the subjective reaction of the listener," FIRE wrote in a blog post announcing the issue. "What might seem like a lively debate to one person could be extremely annoying to another person...

Schools: University of Central Arkansas