University of Georgia: Police Investigate and Censor "Intolerance" in Residence Halls
The University of Georgia (UGA) apparently requires its Resident Assistants to call the police to address violations of UGA's "Acts of Intolerance" policy, which forbids jokes, posters, or comments that are "motivated by prejudice toward a person or group" because of various protected characteristics. The police come, investigate, and censor students under this policy. Between August 1 and September 27, 2010, eight police reports were filed for "acts of intolerance," including the words "Dick and Sideboob" written on the dry erase board of a student's door. The censorship and potential punishment of students for clearly protected speech in such cases is unconstitutional.
- "Speech policy may hinder rights," The Red and Black, October 14, 2010
- "UGA Police Department Acts of Intolerance Reports, August-September 2010," August 1, 2010
- ""Emergency Procedures," 2010-2011 Resident Assistant Manual [July 2010]," July 1, 2010
- "2010-2011 University of Georgia Traditional Residence Hall Community Guide," January 1, 2010
- "Free Speech Awakening at University of Georgia?," by Adam Kissel, March 1, 2011
- "Police Investigate Jokes about Human Anatomy on Whiteboards in University of Georgia Residence Halls," by Peter Bonilla, October 19, 2010