Federal Judge Strikes Down Speech Code at Temple University
March 23, 2007
by Luke Sheahan
Temple has:-equated their (adult) students with (minor) high school students and argued the same free speech standards should apply in high school and college;-denied any knowledge of how certain policy documents even made it to the college’s website;-compared college students to public employees and argued they had free speech rights only when speaking on a matter of “public concern” outside the classroom;-argued that prior allegations of sexual harassment justified extreme and sweeping sexual harassment policies; and-argued that broad sexual harassment policies were justified by a series of highly-ideological academic papers written in the early Nineties—papers that actually had nothing to do with sexual harassment at Temple.
The court has reminded Temple—and all public universities in Pennsylvania—that universities must protect free expression rather than merely protecting views that are ‘politically correct.’