what exactly is a “free speech zone”?

The basic definition of a free speech zone isĀ said to be anĀ area where “policital activists” have the right for free speech in the United States. The use of free speech zones came from U.S. court decisions allowing the government to regulate the “time, place, manner” of expression but no the content. The purpose of the zones are to protect the protesters themselves and the gathering. Universities started to create the zones between 1960-1970’s in order to not disrupt any classes.Ā In 1968, the Supreme Court ruled that non-disruptive speech is allowed in school (Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District) but this does not apply to PRIVATE universities.

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WVU’s opinion on “free speech zones” around campus

Michael Bomford and Matthew Pow (students at WVU) founded the West Virginia Free Speech Consotorium and set a policy allowing only two free speech zones on campus. Police said that this violated the University’sĀ free speech rights and abandoned the policy. West Virginia University’s Board of Governers replacedĀ it and now uses the new policy of no censorship zones.

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