Justice Department takes aim at University of Michigan free speech code

ANN ARBOR, MI – A month after an organization filed a lawsuit taking aim at the University of Michigan’s speech code, the U.S. Justice Department sided with the group Monday, June 11, claiming the university is failing to live up to its principles of protecting free speech.

“The University of Michigan proclaims on its website that ‘freedom of speech is a bedrock principle of (its) community and essential to (its) core educational mission as a university,'” the Justice Department’s statement of interest said.

“Unfortunately, the University is failing to live up to that laudable principle. Instead of protecting free speech, the University imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech,” the statement reads.

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