WVU Students Mourn Death of Free Speech

May 13, 2002

By Vicki Smith at The Associated Press State & Local Wire

Mourning the loss of free speech on campus, West Virginia University students dressed in black, marched to a somber drumbeat and laid a copy of the First Amendment to rest Monday in a newspaperwrapped coffin.

About 18 students participated in the Free Speech Consortium protest, which came as the Faculty Senate endorsed a policy limiting student gatherings and demonstrations to seven "free expression areas."

"Like an endangered species, the habitat of free speech is shrinking," senior Helena Triplett said during her eulogy. "It is not until we try to move that we realize we cannot." The policy now goes to President David Hardesty, who plans to study it with an attorney, then take it to the WVU Board of Governors in June...

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