Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Censorious universities? 

Erin O'Connor links today to FIRE's Greg Lukianoff who writes in the Detroit News on campus speech codes. Yesterday at our faculty senate a draft "Public Expression Policy" was offered which does a fairly good job of protecting free speech. It proclaims the university's mission is "teaching, research and public service". My concern with the statement is whether the limitation below is overly broad:
Any activity and/or any use of University facilities or property shall be prohibited when such activity and/or use interferes with:
  • The University's mission of teaching, research and public service.
  • The rights of other groups or individuals within the University community as set forth in the U.S. Constitution, case law, statuatory law, as well as MnSCU Board Policy 1B.1 Nondiscrimination in Employment and Educational Opportunity.
I encourage readers to comment on this item: Are these limitations an impediment to free speech and academic freedom?