Claims made by a Texas university that it respects free speech rights are being called into question due to the restrictions it has for invited speakers.
Schreiner University, a liberal arts institution in Texas, has a "free speech" policy that is putting up barriers to free speech.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Sr. Program Officer for Policy Reform Laura Beltz argues that the restrictions are not permissible under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
"Restrictions like these are not reasonable," Beltz contended, according to Campus Reform. "They don't follow First Amendment standards."
Another contention was also raised.
"And the policy also includes a content restriction on speech," Beltz continued. "It bans 'hate' speech which, of course, doesn't have a legal definition."
The legal expert also has a problem with the provision permitting Schreiner to tack on extra costs for security charged to a student organization hosting an event.
"It means the university could take a look at a request to bring a speaker, and they might think that speaker is controversial and will cause a great fuss on campus," Beltz pointed out. "And then they'll suddenly load on security fees to that group – and that's viewpoint discrimination."
However, Beltz does acknowledge that Schreiner is a private university, which gives it the right to impose this unconstitutional policy.