Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Campus Speech Zone Snares Professors

Over at Prawfsblawg, Orly Lobel highlights a situation in which university professors at Southwestern College in San Diego have apparently been sanctioned for failing to confine their protest over budget cuts to designated free speech zones and for violating the school's freee speech policies.  As I argue in Chapter 8 of the book, the "Campus Order Management System" looks a lot like the bureaucratic regime applicable to speech outside campus gates.  expressive zoning continues to confine campus speakers to sometimes small areas in less-than-central locations.  In this case, an apparently peaceful protest has resulted in sanctions being imposed on faculty involved in a protest with students.  The protesters were apparently seeking a more effective place from which to convey their message.

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