‘Unconstitutional’: Trump administration smacks down University of Michigan’s bias response team

Anti-bias efforts at the University of Michigan took a hit Monday as the Justice Department declared some of the institution’s policies “unconstitutional” and accused its Bias Response Team of chilling free speech.

The feds’ statement of interest was issued as part of a lawsuit filed against the University of Michigan earlier this year by the First Amendment nonprofit Speech First. It sued the taxpayer-funded university on behalf of three unidentified students, alleging the university’s vague policies on harassment and bullying – and a pending provision on “bias-motivated misconduct” – violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The Justice Department agrees with that assessment.

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