Wronging student rights

September 3, 2005

By Greg Lukianoff in The Boston Globe

As summer ends and college students return to campus, a number of dreadful court decisions may cause them to wonder if their rights have taken a permanent vacation.

While the past decades have hardly been a golden age for student rights, there was good reason to be optimistic in recent years. Speech codes fell at colleges from New York to California, the Department of Education finally clarified that “harassment” does not mean just being offended, and Texas Tech University had to admit that its lone 20-foot-wide “free speech gazebo” was inadequate space for its 28,000 students to enjoy their First Amendment rights...

Schools: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania State University of New York – Brockport Citrus College Governors State University Texas Tech University Occidental College Cases: Governors State University: Censorship of Student Newspaper State University of New York at Brockport: Speech Code Litigation Occidental College: Use of Harassment Charges to Suppress Protected Speech Citrus College: Speech Code Litigation Shippensburg University: Speech Code Litigation Texas Tech University: Speech Code Litigation