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Speech Code of the Month: Southwest Minnesota State University - FIRE
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2015: Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). SMSU’s Prohibited Code of Conduct for students bans “cultural intolerance,” defined as follows: Any verbal or physical contact directed at an individual or group such as racial slurs, jokes, or other behaviors that demean or belittle a person’s race, color, gender preference, national origin, culture, history or disability, is prohibited. [Emphasis added.] SMSU is a public university, which means it cannot lawfully maintain policies—such as this one—that violate students’ First Amendment right to free speech. In cases too numerous to mention, courts across the …