UCF Ambiguously Curtails Free Speech
December 12, 2007
by Luke Sheahan
Less restrictive or not, a yellow-light speech code could still be used to silence protected speech, and UCF has already demonstrated its predilection for such action. It would be better if UCF wrote its policies not in comparison with other universities, but in accord with its constitutional obligations.In a report released this week FIRE reviews 346 policies at American colleges and universities, saying that three-fourths of them restrict speech that is protected beyond campus boundaries.“The 2007 report confirms that speech codes are still infecting college campuses, and the public needs to be aware of these dangerous violations of students’ right to engage in free and open expression,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said in a news release.FIRE found UCF’s free-speech policies less restrictive than most other public Florida schools. The organization gives UCF a yellow light, a better grade than the red lights it gave the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of South Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Florida Gulf Coast University.