Freedom of Speech Still in Danger at Bucknell University
LEWISBURG, Pa., September 20, 2010--One of the main ways that universities maintain immoral and unconstitutional speech codes is to keep alumni and parents in the dark about rules that restrict student and faculty speech. That is why today the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has purchased a billboard advertisement to publicize Bucknell University's poor record on free speech.
Bucknell, which used two policies to shut down the expression of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club (BUCC) on three separate occasions, is on FIRE's Red Alert list as one of the worst violators of free speech on campus. Two Bucknell presidents, including new president John C. Bravman, have so far refused to renounce Bucknell's censorship or revise the policies. Therefore, as of today, trustees, alumni, and others traveling northbound on Route 15 will see the electronic billboard near Bucknell's campus.
"FIRE is committed to making sure that private universities that betray their own promises of free speech are held accountable to their own constituents and in the court of public opinion," said FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley. "College administrators are loath to give up the power that comes with policies that allow them to dictate what students may say. But for $40,594 a year in tuition, we believe Bucknell students who disagree with administrators' political views deserve a little consideration."
Tell Bucknell University that it's time to respect student free speech! Send a letter to President Bravman today.