WASHINGTON (AP) — University of Michigan policies prohibiting harassment and bullying on campus are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, the Justice Department said Monday in siding with a free-speech group that has challenged the school in court.
The Trump administration argued that the school policies trample on students’ First Amendment rights because they fail to define the scope of banned words or actions. The government also challenged the legality of a specialized team of administrators and law enforcement officials that it says is responsible for responding to allegations of bias on campus.
“Instead of protecting free speech, the University imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech,” Justice Department lawyers wrote.
In response, the university said the Justice Department had misstated school policy and mischaracterized the duties of its Bias Response Team.
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