Rights in the News: Victory at Hinds Resonates while New Speech Code of the Month Ridiculed

August 6, 2010

Press coverage has continued for FIRE’s recent victory at Mississippi’s Hinds Community College (HCC), where FIRE successfully defended the rights of student Isaac Rosenbloom after he had been punished for a single instance of swearing outside of class. This week The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) ran a feature on the case, and Isaac was interviewed by WAPT 16, the ABC affiliate in Jackson. Be sure to read Jordan’s post for a sampling of the wide range of public reactions to the case.

Meanwhile, Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Coloradoour August Speech Code of the Monthmaintains speech policies perhaps even more obnoxious than at HCC. Indeed, from reading its free speech zone policy, one might conclude that FRCC is bent on making it as difficult as possible for its students to say anything at all. FIRE’s announcement has brought ridicule upon FRCCmost delectably by Popehat, as I wrote earlier this week. The policy has also raised eyebrows at Joanne Jacobs’ Community College Spotlight blog and Washington Monthly. More sunlight, please!

This week, we also posted Jonathan Rauch’s wonderful keynote address from this year’s Campus Freedom Network conference, and Greg adds his thoughts on the address at The Huffington Post. Jersey Shore can wait, folksset aside half an hour for this enlightening address.