Free speech policy stirs controversy at University of Michigan

University of Michigan student Sydney Whack remembers the frustration she and other African-American students felt a year ago when the name tag outside the dorm room of one of her friends was vandalized with the N-word.

At the time, UM officials said the resident adviser handled the incident properly in West Quad by reporting it to university housing and diversity staff. In addition, community meetings were held with residents.

UM’s policy does not allow student housing staff to remove anything from a student’s door — a rule that was emphasized earlier this year during training for resident advisers: students living on campus have a right to say what they want on their doors and inside their campus dwelling spaces.

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