Unconstitutional Speech Restrictions On Hold

Update 9/13/11: According to the News-Gazette, the proposed policy was "put on hold" because of the concerns raised by FIRE and the AAUP.

Read a followup letter from FIRE and the AAUP commending the administration for putting the policy on hold and offering to help with future iterations.

Original story 9/11/11:

In a joint letter sent Friday to Robert Easter, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the AAUP and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education warned against a  proposed new electronic communications policy that would restrict student and faculty speech on campus.

If enacted, the policy, called the "Provisional Electronic Communications Policy Document," would establish a number of unconstitutional restrictions on campus speech.

AAUP president Cary Nelson is also a professor at UIUC, where the academic senate was scheduled to vote on the policy this Monday, September 12.

See the AAUP's 2004 Statement on Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications.

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011