Four public West Virginia colleges ‘substantially’ restrict free speech

In total, public and private higher education institutions have 92 policies that restrict free speech.

Four public West Virginia colleges have at least one policy that “clearly and substantially” restricts free speech and every college has some level of free speech restriction, according to a report.

Glenville State College has two policies that fall into the report’s “red light” classification, which means they are policies that both clearly and substantially restrict free speech.

Three other public higher education institutions had one policy that falls into that category – Concord University, Shepherd University and West Liberty University. The four universities also combined to have 27 “yellow light” policies, which are policies that have a more limited restriction on speech or are vaguely worded in a way that could be enforced in a way that restricts speech.

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Chris Burt
Chris Burt
Chris is a reporter and associate editor for University Business and District Administration magazines, covering the entirety of higher education and K-12 schools. Prior to coming to LRP, Chris had a distinguished career as a multifaceted editor, designer and reporter for some of the top newspapers and media outlets in the country, including the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, Albany Times-Union and The Boston Globe. He is a graduate of Northeastern University.

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