Free speech on campus
Reynolds at LIBRA.LAW.UTK.EDU
Wed Feb 13 14:55:44 PST 2002
So long as what the University says is not libelous, I don't see an
issue here. Criticism isn't a violation of free speech, and all that's
described here is criticism.
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From: "Tepker, Rick" <rtepker at OU.EDU>
Subject: Free speech on campus
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> Suppose a university concludes that a professor's public comments on a
> political issue -- not in the classroom -- were poorly expressed.
> Specifically, the professor used language of sexual innuendo that was
> colorful and entertaining to some, but offensive to others.
> * Could a university issue public criticisms of the manner in which
> the professor made his arguments?
> * Could the university maintain a record of the original comments and
> the public criticisms?
> * Suppose the criticisms are published as "a reprimand?" If there is
> no other consequence, has the First Amendment been implicated?
> I'd appreciate your thoughts.
> Harry F. Tepker
> Calvert Chair of Law and Liberty
> & Professor of Law
> University of Oklahoma Law Center
> Norman, Oklahoma 73019
> rtepker at ou.edu
> Fax: 405.325.0389
Prof. Glenn Harlan Reynolds
College of Law, University of Tennessee
1505 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996-1810
Attempt no more good than the people can bear. --Thomas Jefferson
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