FIRE Letter to the Editor in ‘The Daily Princetonian’
October 4, 2006
by Chris Perez
The LGBT Center notes [Princeton’s] definition [of sexual harassment] to the realm of sexual orientation on their website: “Harassment based on sexual orientation is unwanted verbal or physical conduct based on a person's perceived sexual orientation.” Booing the portrayed scene was harassment based on sexual orientation. This means that the booing was completely unacceptable by University standards.
This accusation [of harassment], along with Princeton's overbroad definition of harassment, is ludicrous.…. Princeton claims to value free expression, but maintains many policies —including the harassment policy cited by Brown—that prohibit speech which would, outside of a private university, be protected by the First Amendment. Shouldn't Princeton students have the same rights as their counterparts down the road at Mercer County Community College?