When Free Speech and Friendliness Collide, Some Colleges Are Caught in the Middle

July 24, 2014

By Eric Schulzke at Deseret News

Last September, a Modesto Junior College student was stopped by a campus police officer for circulating copies of the U.S. Constitution on campus without a permit.

“You need permission from the student development office,” the officer told him in the Sept. 17 videotaped encounter.

The action then shifted to an administrative office where a woman offered to help him schedule time in the the “free speech zone” — a 25 square-foot piece of concrete on a corner of campus set 30 yards off the nearest walkway. The zone needed to be scheduled days or weeks in advance, she said...

Cases: FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project