Slippery rock university found to limit free speech

A free speech advocacy group claimed this week that nearly a third of Pennsylvania colleges and universities have policies that “clearly and substantially” restrict free speech, with 87 percent restricting some speech.

The “ Spotlight on Speech Codes 2019 ” report comes at a time when the University of Pittsburgh is being challenged for charging an organization more than $5,500 for bringing in conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for a speaking event last month.

The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, said in its report, released Tuesday, that the “vast major­ity of students at America’s top colleges and universities surrender their free speech rights the moment they step onto campus.”

Of the 36 Pennsylvania schools listed in the report, a quarter received a red light rating and nearly half received a yellow rating. Yellow light policies allow a limited amount of protected expression.

Slippery Rock was in the yellow, finding that once you step onto campus that you lose your free speech rights on a limited basis. Slippery Rock University has no comment to the recent study.


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