WVU Eases Campus-Speech Rules

November 12, 2002

By Ellen Sorokin at The Washington Times

Protests and political discourse are no longer restricted at West Virginia University, where officials have abandoned a policy that limited public debate on campus to designated "free-speech zones."

WVU's Board of Governors discarded the policy Friday after months of protests by students and faculty, and a lawsuit filed by civil libertarians who said the policy violated First Amendment rights.

"Large groups under the policy are free to meet wherever they want to, and as long as people act in a responsible manner, I have no concerns whatsoever," said Thomas Dorer, a WVU general counsel, in an interview with the Daily Athenaeum, the school's newspaper...

Schools: West Virginia University Cases: West Virginia University: Limit on Speech to Campus “Free Speech Zones”