Free-Speech Group To Seek Review Of New Community-College Rules

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New rules governing free speech on Seattle Community College campuses contain far fewer restrictions than an earlier proposal, but some faculty members and students still believe the rules violate the First Amendment.

The newly formed Faculty for Free Speech will petition the state Attorney General's Office for a legal analysis and review of the rule, said faculty member Laurel Holliday, who is a member of the free-speech group. The community-college district's board of trustees passed the new rules Thursday.

At issue is a change to the administrative code that governs free speech on North, Central and South Seattle Community College campuses.

An earlier draft would have restricted the locations of protests and the size and number of signs, among other things. The rule proposal drew hundreds of faculty and students to speak out in opposition.

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