University of Michigan sued for speech codes called ‘un-American’

A free speech group filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan for imposing speech codes it calls “unconstitutional” and “un-American.”

Speech First, a nonprofit aimed at combating free speech restrictions on college campuses, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court, claiming UM’s definition of harassment and bullying, referenced in the student conduct code, is overly vague and forbids protected speech.

“The most important indication of bias is your own feelings,” the public university writes on its Bias Response Team page of incidents. The lawsuit alleges there have been 150 reported incidents since April 2017 in the form of verbal comments, classroom behavior, posters, fliers and social media.

“Bias response teams are fundamentally un-American and have no place on college campuses,” Nicole Neily, president of Speech First told Fox News. “We’ve seen these programs before – in East Germany and in communist China – they don’t belong in American universities.”

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