At Least the Students Get It
February 24, 2006
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
WHEREAS the First Amendment to the United States Constitution insures the people's right to free speech and to assemble to exercise that right and thereby applies to every individual on Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) campuses which are funded, in part, with federal tax revenue, and
WHEREAS sections nine and ten of the Nevada State Constitution further guarantee that "no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech" and that "the people shall have the right freely to assemble together to consult for the common good," and
WHEREAS NSHE campuses have certain provisions of the codes and regulations that govern the exercise of free speech on the NSHE network of campuses, and show no conformity of policies regarding First Amendment rights between those the campuses, and
WHEREAS “free speech zones” are a form of censorship and have been created expressly to limit freedom of speech, expression, and the right to assemble, to specific areas, such as at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus that relegates these lawful free speech activities and assembly to four commons areas on the UNR campus, in Administrative Handbook, Section 5,303, and
WHEREAS the expression of free speech or the right to assemble are not inherently disruptive of the academic process, nor do they endanger the safety of members of our campus communities, as there is already a zero-tolerance policy against violence and incivility in place on NSHE campuses, and
WHEREAS the essence of public discourse, intellectual inquiry, and academic freedom lie at the heart of higher education through the exercise of free speech and assembly, and are the salient principles upon which this nation was founded; the hallmarks of a democratic society, and we affirm these as integral and vital to our teaching and learning communities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the UNR Graduate Student Association calls upon Nevada’s Board of Regents and all other student governing bodies statewide, to honor the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and sections nine and ten of the Nevada State Constitution, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we are affirming said rights of all individuals on NSHE campuses by encouraging all interested parties to negotiate the establishment and protection of the whole of each campus as public fora.
COPIES of this resolution will be sent to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, NSHE Presidents, NSHE Faculty Senates, and NSHE Graduate and Undergraduate Student Associations and Senates.