Online Speech Threatened at Santa Rosa Junior College
FIRE has made progress in efforts to stop Santa Rosa Junior College's unlawful ban on the use of the initials "srjc" in e-mail addresses and website domain names, misusing the California Education Code. FIRE wrote SRJC President Robert Agrella on July 1, 2009, explaining that while the Code legitimately bans certain uses of the college's name, the blanket ban was unconstitutionally overbroad. After receiving an unsatisfactory response from Agrella, FIRE wrote to Jack Scott, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. In response, Agrella sent an e-mail to all faculty and staff acknowledging that "SRJC has no interest in limiting speech that is 'unambiguously private.'" While this represents a step in the right direction, students have yet to be informed that the ban is lifted. Scott has not yet replied to FIRE.
Write President Agrella and Chancellor Scott and encourage them to dismantle SJRC's school's unconstitutional threat against free speech. Edit the letter below and tell them to end SRJC's embarrassing fight against the First Amendment.