Va. college system eliminates ‘free speech zones’


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Counsel Travis Barham regarding the Virginia Community College System’s decision to revise its speech policy and eliminate “free speech zones” on campus in light of a student’s lawsuit, Parks v. The Members of the State Board of the Virginia Community College System:

“We commend the Virginia Community College System for revising its speech policy to make it consistent with what a marketplace of ideas is supposed to be. Colleges should celebrate--not censor--student speech. We trust that the revised policies will respect the rights of all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs, to speak freely in the outdoor areas of campus. And we will work with VCCS to ensure that students no longer have to jump through unconstitutional hoops to exercise the freedoms that the First Amendment protects.”

 
  • Pronunciation guide: Barham (BEHR'-um)
 
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