90 Miles From Tyranny : Dixie State University to Revise Policies to Protect Free Speech

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dixie State University to Revise Policies to Protect Free Speech

Dixie State University, located in St. George, Utah, announced Tuesday it will suspend its unconstitutional speech codes and amend other policies after a lawsuit filed by three students challenged the university and its restriction of their free speech.

Dixie State President Richard Williams announced in an email to the campus community that the university will revise its policies and suspend its speech codes.

“As we work toward writing an updated, comprehensive free speech policy, the administration is mindful of Dixie State’s mission, which is to be ‘a teaching institution that strives to enrich its community and the lives of its students by promoting a culture of learning, values, and community,” Williams wrote.

“Dixie State University is a campus of academic freedom, with the right to inquire broadly and to question, and where even unpopular answers, seemingly absurd ideas, and unconventional thought are not only permitted, but even encouraged,” Williams said.

The First Amendment lawsuit against the university was filed in March after students were banned from handing out promotional flyers for student group Young Americans for Liberty that negatively portrayed Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

The flyers were not approved because...

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