Advancing Religious Liberty
4/17/13 at 04:55 PM 0 Comments

Are you a Student at SUNY-Fredonia? Your Rights are at Stake

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The student handbook at any university might not be a real page-turner, but there are some policies at the State University of New York at Fredonia that you should definitely be aware of. SUNY-Fredonia has two policies that limit your freedom to express yourself on campus. SUNY-Fredonia’s diversity and bias crimes polices which essentially say that if your free speech makes someone feel “discomfort” you could be in trouble.

If you want more information on SUNY-Fredonia’s polices and why they’re unconstitutional, check out our letter to the university here.

Why does this matter to you?Maybe you’ve never run into problems with this policy, maybe you have. Similar speech code and “bias prevention” policies are in place all around the country, and they’ve led to students being harshly punished for simply speaking up about their beliefs. At Augusta State University, professors required graduate student, Jennifer Keeton, to take remedial diversity training to stay in her counseling program just for sharing her Christian beliefs in class and on campus.

But this isn’t only happening at one school. In Washington, Spokane Community College wanted to expel Beth Sheeran for sponsoring a pro-life awareness event because it was considered a “bias incident.” Stories like this occur every day, all around the United States.

What can you do? Contact us at Alliance Defending Freedom. We would love to discuss ways you can help change these policies at SUNY-Fredonia, so that every student is free to exercise their First Amendment right to speech, whatever their opinion.

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Resources: SUNY-Fredonia Demand Letter

Know your rights: Speech Codes  Speech Zones

This post originally appeared here.

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