After a two-year legal battle, ADF has convinced a Florida
college to revise its onerous and restrictive speech policy.
Palm Beach State College has agreed to revise its
speech code so that it no longer requires students to obtain
permission to express themselves on and off campus. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney David
Hacker tells OneNewsNow what things were like before the
modifications were made.
"They had this off-campus policy," the attorney details. "So, if
you're in a student group and wanted to have a get-together in
somebody's apartment or home off campus, you had to get permission
from the college to do that, and then staff members had to attend
-- just very restrictive policies on students' ability to gather,
associate with one another."
He suggests such policies, whether at Palm Beach State or on
other campuses, are risky in a free society.
"That sets a dangerous precedent," Hacker asserts. "If we're
teaching our students in college that you can shut down somebody
else's speech, I mean, that's a very dangerous precedent for our
society and one that shouldn't be tolerated."
In 2010, the conservative Young Americans for
Freedom was forced to shut down during a club rush because the
liberal student activities administrator, Olivia Ford-Morris, was
not pleased with their views.
ADF has sent letters concerning problematic free speech policies
to more than 100 campuses so far.