University of Michigan Changes Policy After Justice Department Slams It for Stifling ‘Diversity of Thought’

The University of Michigan quietly updated its speech policies after the Justice Department pointed out the policies didn’t define the offenses they were trying to restrict.

The Justice Department’s statement of interest in the Speech First, Inc. v. Schlissel case alleged that Michigan’s rules against “bias” and “bullying” leave those terms undefined, and the university then updated its policies, according to a department press release. The department argued the University’s speech policies infringe on the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The university defended itself by claiming the Justice Department “seriously misstated University of Michigan policy and painted a false portrait of speech on [Michigan’s] campus.” The department claimed otherwise in a release noting that Michigan updated its policy.

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