Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., has eliminated its restrictions on free speech that prevented a student from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution and rolling around a “free speech ball” on campus last October.
At the time, Skyline administrators informed Young Americans for Liberty activists they could not use a small folding table while distributing copies of the Constitution of the United States. Another administrator followed up that the group needed to fill out a permit application before engaging in any expressive activity on campus.
In mid-December, attorneys from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter to Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community College District, of which Skyline is a part of, stating that its “policies which require that students obtain administrative permission before engaging in even the most basic expressive activity on campus” were a “ threat to free speech.” FIRE also pointed out that the restrictive speech policy was inconsistent with district policy governing expressive rights on campus.
Skyline responded in agreement and subsequently amended its policies to ensure students can engage in expressive activity outside of the school’s free speech zone.
After receiving the letter, Skyline and the District reviewed their speech policies in light of FIRE’s concerns and amended its policies. Permits are no longer required in order to participate in expressive activity on campus.
“Making free speech zones is discrimination itself. No longer are we doing it by the color of their skin but rather by the shade of their ideology. I'm glad that Skyline now champions the First Amendment once again,” Eric Corgas, Skyline's YAL chapter president, told Red Alert Politics.
According to a press release, “YAL's efforts have restored First Amendment Rights to 633,080 students and revised 30 unconstitutional free speech policies.”