University of Michigan Underlines Free Speech Protections

The University of Michigan insists it protects free speech, even as it faces a lawsuit that alleges its policies on harassment and bullying trample First Amendment rights.

Amir Baghdadchi is the senior associate director of University Housing. He tells MLive that the university has long been committed to free speech.

The university is being sued by free-speech advocacy group Speech First, which alleges that university policies prohibiting harassment and bullying are unconstitutional. The Justice Department sided with the group in June, saying the policies interfere with students’ First Amendment rights because they fail to define the scope of banned words or actions.

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