University’s speech code rejected by same court three decades ago
The University of Michigan can punish a student for publicly criticizing the Catholic Church’s teaching on a male-only priesthood, according to a first-of-its-kind lawsuit intended as a shot across the bow at bias response teams on campus.
The First Amendment nonprofit Speech First, formed earlier this year to protect the free speech of college students through a membership model, sued the taxpayer-funded university on behalf of three unidentified UMich students in federal court Tuesday.
It said the university’s vague policies on harassment and bullying – and a pending provision on “bias-motivated misconduct” – violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
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