University of Texas sued for banning ‘rude speech’

Speech First, a nonprofit membership association that supports free speech on campus, has filed a lawsuit against the University of Texas over a policy that bans “rude” speech.

According to a release from Speech First, “more than 100 reports of alleged ‘expressions of bias’—through posters, fliers, social media, whiteboards, verbal comments, classroom behavior, etc.—have been investigated by the university’s bias response team since September 2017.”

Because of this Bias Response Team, members of Speech First have refrained from speaking on topics of immigration, identity politics, and abortion “because they fear their speech will be anonymously reported as derogatory, hostile, and/or offensive to university authorities through the Campus Climate Response Team,” explains Speech First.

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