6th Circuit orders halt to Univ. of Tenn. speech restrictions

Friday, August 02, 2013

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jon Scruggs regarding a decision Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit to temporarily halt a policy at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that requires outside speakers to obtain internal “sponsorship” before they can engage in free speech on campus:

“The First Amendment does not allow university administrators to pick and choose which viewpoints are allowed on campus. Rather, the university is a ‘marketplace of ideas’ where all viewpoints should be welcomed. For this reason, universities cannot use vague policies to stifle speech on campus. The 6th Circuit was right to conclude that the University of Tennessee’s policies are unconstitutionally vague and deter expression on campus.”
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