‘Michigan Capitol Confidential’: State of Michigan Has Too Many Speech Codes

November 26, 2012

Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, highlights the state of free speech at Michigan’s colleges and universities and points out that at state campuses, students can face punishment for such expression as "insulting language," "posting obnoxious or inappropriate announcements," and "harmful" or "vulgar" speech.

As the article discusses, the state of Michigan has an overall poor record with respect to campus free speech, with 10 of the 13 institutions rated by FIRE earning a "red light" rating and the remaining three receiving a "yellow light." 

I was happy to talk to Michigan Capitol Confidential about the problems in my home state: 

"Public universities have a legal obligation under the First Amendment to uphold a student’s right to free speech," said Azhar Majeed, associate director of legal and public advocacy with FIRE. "The fact that most of Michigan’s universities and colleges rated have a ‘red light’ is certainly disappointing."

Check out the full article to read more about the specific policies violating student free speech rights at Michigan’s colleges and universities. Our thanks to Michigan Capitol Confidential for its coverage.