UTC free speech rules ambiguous yet common

December 16, 2013

By Jeff LaFave at Chattanooga Times Free Press

A month after students, an evangelist and police got into a widely publicized conflict at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the university's documented stance on organized free speech activity remains murky.

Welcome to the club. Ambiguous free speech rules aren't unusual on college campuses, experts say.

According to the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, which analyzes free-speech circumstances among college campuses nationwide, UTC's recent fracas with guest speakers places the university among countless peer institutions that are determining their policies as campus-specific events unfold...