Troy U. Sued Over Speech Code and Art Censorship
November 1, 2005
Inside Higher Ed
In the Troy case, FIRE also is suing on behalf of an art student, several of whose nude photographs were removed from a campus show even though the student had received an A from his professor for the work involved in producing the photographs. FIRE said that the photographs were clearly artistic in nature and that a sign alerted people that they were entering an exhibit with nudity.
Troy officials released a statement Monday evening saying that because of the litigation, they could not make any general comment about the issues in the suit. However, the statement said that the photographs that were removed “displayed male full frontal nudity,” which is not “consistent with our community’s standards.”
FIRE posted on its Web site details about Troy’s policies, such as a ban on “indecent expression,” limits on the use of the phone or e-mail to insult others, and a ban on jokes or gossip related to age, sex, gender, race and other factors.
“If insulting or demeaning is grounds for expulsion at Troy, I am surprised there are any students left on the campus,” said Greg Lukianoff, director of legal and public advocacy for FIRE.
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