War of Words

May 23, 2003

By Beth McMurtrie at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Advocacy group says campus speech codes are unconstitutional; many colleges say their policies are being distorted

A lawsuit filed against Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania last month has rekindled a debate about whether policies designed to protect students from harassment violate the First Amendment.

Two undergraduates, backed by a national campus free-speechadvocacy group, sued the state institution, arguing that its policies governing student conduct are unconstitutionally vague, too broad, and discriminate on the basis of religious and political viewpoints...

Schools: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Cases: Shippensburg University: Speech Code Litigation