Published On: Thu, Aug 9th, 2018

Schreiner University in Texas questioned on ‘free speech policy’ which requires ‘petitions’ and bans ‘hate speech’

A private university in Texas is being questioned about their new “free speech policy” taking effect Sept. 1.

The College Fix is reaching out for clarification on the policy which requires students to “petition” officials to engage in any “free speech activity” and bans undefined “hate speech.”

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Administrators, student government leaders and even public relations officials at Schreiner University did not respond to The College Fix requests via phone and email last week.

Dean of Students Charles Hueber has been identified as the official in charge of the policy, but has also remained silent on the topic.

The Fix notes that “The expansive authority of officials over student speech worries the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education,” reaching out to Laura Beltz, senior program officer for policy reform at the education civil-liberties group, which calls attention when freedoms of students and faculty are threatened.

Beltz noted that though Schreiner isn’t bound by the First Amendment, “its new free speech policy says its purpose is to ‘provide opportunities for free speech,’ which is plainly contradicted by the policy’s numerous restrictive regulations.”

The policy simply says that the dean of students has “administrative oversight” and is “responsible for implementation.” It is hosted on the Office of Student Activities page.

“In an effort to provide opportunities for free speech and to preserve the academic order of the university, the Office of the Dean of Students has established the following procedures to facilitate free speech on campus,” the preface of the policy reads.

Freedom of expression is not listed among the “purposes” for which students have access to university property, which include study, work, teaching and “conducting or attending other University business or activities.”

Check out the full coverage over at The Fix

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