Here’s the story I’ve been working on for awhile regarding CMU’s unconstitutional speech codes.


bill of rightsBy Wyatt Bush

It might seem outlandish to suggest Central Michigan University could make students take posters off their walls simply because they are deemed “offensive.”

Yet on this week 13 years ago, CMU did just that when it forced students in Emmons Hall to remove items such as American flags and patriotic posters from their doors., citing a policy against potentially offensive speech.

A recent analysis conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a non-partisan civil liberties and freedom of speech advocacy organization, found that the university still has the power to do something like that today. FIRE analyzed the speech codes of CMU and other universities and concluded numerous university policies impose significant violations of speech and buck students’ First Amendment freedoms.

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