Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Take-down Sally taken down 

That's more like it. Less than ten days after Sally Jacobson, a professor at Northern Kentucky University, encouraged a class to tear down a display of crosses for aborted fetuses put up by the campus' right to life organization -- a display that they had to get permission to show, and did -- the university has shown her the door. The school's president issued a statement that makes clear the place for free speech on a college campus:
By leading her students in the destruction of an approved student organization display, Professor Sally Jacobsen's actions were inconsistent with Northern Kentucky University's commitment to free and open debate and the opportunity for all sides to be heard without threat of censorship or reprisal.

It has been heartening that student and faculty groups that do not necessarily support the position of Northern Kentucky Right to Life have come out strongly in support of the organization's right to be heard through their display. This reflects a commitment to the importance of free speech and inquiry as a hallmark of our University.
As ACTA Online notes, alas, the school still has a speech code and the inexecrable "free speech zones" to regulate student speech. Let's hope the aftermath of the Jacobson incident includes NKU reevaluating these policies so that their light doesn't stay red.