Friday, April 18, 2014

VA Community College System to Change 'Free Speech Zone' Policy

A system of 23 community colleges in Virginia is about to become more in line with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is seeking to alter its policy on free-speech zones in response to a lawsuit brought by student Christian Parks.

    Last September, Thomas Nelson Community College prohibited Christian Parks from expressing his Christian beliefs in a large courtyard of the college. An officer from the college’s police department told him he must stop preaching because the content of his speech might offend someone. School officials then told Parks that his speech violated the Student Code of Conduct and VCCS policies.

    In a court filing last week in support of a motion from both sides to put the lawsuit on hold, the community college system said it would not enforce its current policy as it works to develop a new student policy.

    "Both parties desire to suspend the … current policy in order to allow (Parks) and all other students to speak freely on campus" until a new policy is adopted, the joint filing said. With continuing talks between the Alliance and the state's attorney general's office, "counsel for the parties believe that they may be able to reach an amicable settlement in this case."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

why do colleges feel the need to have a free speech provision? We already have one in the USA, its called the first amendment.

The entire USA is a free speech zone!

Colleges are liberal bastion sand liberals only like to hear the sound of their own voices. They can't stand to see or hear anyone who has a different opinion than theirs.

It funny, for the ones who scream about free speech and open exchange of ideas sure don't like to practice it! I guess you are only allowed to agree with them, if you don;t your a racists, homophobe, gun totin, bible thumping Neanderthal!

Tolerant liberal? THAT'S an oxymoron!