The last time we check on Florida Atlantic University, it had just earned “Speech Code of the Month” honors from Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).
That was one of the deciding factors for The Daily Caller Education Editor Eric Owens to give the school another dubious honor: Worst Place in the US to Attend College.
Florida Atlantic University continues to assert its undisputed dominance as quite obviously the worst place in the United States to attend college.
The public, taxpayer-funded university has now adopted a draconian new “Free Speech and Campus Civility” policy, reports the free-speech watchdog group FIRE.
The document begins by dispensing a few platitudes about the benefits of free speech, but quickly cuts to the heart of the matter. “What we do insist on, however, is that everyone in the FAU community behave and speak to and about one another in ways that are not racist, religiously intolerant or otherwise degrading to others,” it warns.
The Florida Atlantic webpage expounding the policy is dated July 15, 2013.
As FIRE observes, the broad and ambiguous policy forbids all kinds of speech and expression that is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (not to mention protected under a few sections of Florida’s constitution).
…[T]he policy against “otherwise degrading” speech could be used against anything some FAU bureaucrat doesn’t like.
Of course, FAU is no stranger to infamy concerning its policies and the actions of its administrators and professors.
In March, the administration tried to punish a student who expressed discomfort with a professor’s assignment to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word “Jesus.”
The professor, non-tenured communications instructor Deandre Poole, was placed on administrative leave but he now has his job back. He will now teach online courses.
Another communications professor, James Tracy, took to his personal blog, Memory Hole, to question official accounts of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. In the blog, which isn’t affiliated with FAU, Tracy argues that the amount of damage captured on video cannot be reconciled with the homemade bombs that authorities say caused the damage.
Florida Atlantic University is still the worst place in America to attend college (The Daily Caller)