September 22, 2014

Students Banned From Distributing Constitutions

The Young Americans for Freedom’s (YAF) fight for free speech on the campus of Penn State illustrates just how restrictive free expression can be on college campuses. On Constitution Day, the administration told YAF students to take down their table near an entrance to a building because it wasn’t in the right “free speech zone.” YAF was distributing copies of the Constitution and information on the school’s restrictive free speech policies. YAF members protested. In a video, one student is recorded as saying, “We’ve seen people’s tables out here all the time,” implying the school’s administration selectively enforces the rules. In April, the students stood with signs in a zone where speech was not authorized, protesting the policies. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 59% of the colleges in the nation clearly and substantially restrict student speech. Administrators need to pick up a copy of the Constitution. More…

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