The long battle between the first amendment and university speech zones wages on.

Katherine Sweet writes at

University of South Alabama speech zones are unconstitutional: guest opinion

Over a year ago, the club I had just founded, Students for Life USA at University of South Alabama, requested permission to a hold a “Cemetery of the Innocents” event on a grassy street corner at the edge of campus.

This cemetery consisted of placing small crosses in the ground to represent the innocent lives lost to abortion. Much to our disbelief, university administration deemed this act of recognition towards the lost lives of the unborn a form of speech that our group did not have the right to perform. Our organization’s entire purpose is to recognize the murder of human life in the womb; yet, this recognition was not considered personally acceptable by our college officials, despite allowing many other groups the same access to speak about their issues, including near the area which was denied to us.

Instead, our school administrators sent us to a designated “speech zone,” which was restricted to the Student Center, an area that comprises less than one percent of the college’s main campus. Our group did perform the event within the designated zone, but only because the other alternative was to not have the event at all. Even now, a year later, the university still restricts speech throughout most of the campus. What’s more troubling is that our school administrators still retain the unbridled authority to pick and choose who gets to speak and where – meaning, a display like ours gets deemed “controversial” and sent to a tiny portion of campus, while fraternities can hang signs throughout campus and the engineering club can host events in the same location we wanted to use in the first place.