Legal group demands a dozen schools change 'unconstitutional' policies

Many of the colleges have speech policies "so vague that students do not know how to even comply with them," the legal organization said.

Updated: October 4, 2022 - 10:35am

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The Southeastern Legal Foundation said Tuesday it has asked roughly a dozen U.S. colleges to change their speech policies, which the nonprofit group considers "unconstitutional" and interfering with students' freedom of speech.

Many of the colleges have speech policies "so vague that students do not know how to even comply with them," said the  group, dedicated to promoting limited government.

The request are being made in letters – including eight that challenge what the group considers bias reporting systems.

The systems are used by students and instructors to report on speech they find offensive on campus, according to education media outlet Campus Reform.

Two of the letters challenged regulations on on-campus flyers and another two focuses on student restrictions on placing recruitment tables on public property.

These "unreasonable facilities use policies ... create so much red tape on campus that students are effectively denied the right to speak," the foundation said.

The legal group sent letters to Bowling Green State University; University of South Carolina; Clemson University; Columbia; University of Maine, Orono; Illinois State University; Iowa State University; Louisiana State University; Miami University of Ohio; Rutgers University; Santa Rosa Junior College; Southern Utah University; and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.