West Virginia U. Abolishes Campus Free Speech Zones

December 9, 2002

By Debrah Bonn at The Daily Texan

Students at West Virginia University can now picket, demonstrate or hand out fliers wherever they please, a freedom not allowed prior to Nov. 8.

After two years packed with debate and protest, the university scrapped its old free-speech policy in favor of one that allows students more choices on where they can express their opinions.

The previous policy, put into place during the Vietnam era, said Bill Nevin, external communications manager for the university, allowed just two "free speech zones" on campus where groups could assemble. Under the new policy, the entire university campus is available for groups or individuals to express their concerns. Nevin calls the new rules "more up-to-date with the times...

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