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As Torch readers know, too many public colleges and universities are confused about what it means to regulate the “time, place, and manner” of student and faculty speech on campus, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has explicitly set forth the requirements for such regulations. Recognizing the critical importance of free speech on college campuses, last week Virginia Delegate Scott... Read more Read more


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Our own Azhar Majeed took to The Huffington Post today to discuss the stubborn hardiness of free speech zones on our nation’s college campuses. Taking a look back at FIRE’s fight against free speech zones in 2013 and recent years, Azhar writes: So if the cases continue to pile up against free speech zones, with Modesto Junior College merely... Read more Read more


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The free speech gazebo. 0.1%. A “little cement area.” 10-day advance registration. As far too many students sadly know, the vocabulary of campus free speech zones provides a ready example of the absurdity of campus censorship. This year, administrators at Modesto Junior College proved just how far that absurdity extends when they prohibited student Robert Van Tuinen from distributing copies... Read more Read more


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FRESNO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013—Modesto Junior College (MJC) has agreed to suspend enforcement of its “free speech zone” as it negotiates an end to a federal lawsuit filed by a student prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on campus on Constitution Day. A joint stipulation filed in federal district court yesterday by MJC and attorneys for student... Read more Read more


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Last month, we reported on the campus arrest of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) student Cole Philip Montalvo, who crossed a protective perimeter set up by UTC around controversial preacher Angela Cummings in order to engage her in dialogue. We noted that while the size of the perimeter and the charges filed against Montalvo raised questions... Read more Read more


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Wednesday’s edition of The Red & Black, the student newspaper at the University of Georgia (UGA), has an article on the school’s “yellow light” speech code rating. Based on an interview with Samantha Harris, FIRE’s director of policy research, Dillon Richards’ article explains UGA’s problematic policies, which include a 48-hour waiting period for approval to demonstrate anywhere outside of two... Read more Read more