College prevented student from rolling her ‘free speech’ beach ball around campus: attorney

Feb 14, 2020 by

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A University of Wisconsin-River Falls student was told she must pay a fee or register as a student club in order to recruit fellow students to join a conservative club on campus, according to a letter sent to campus officials by the Alliance Defending Freedom on Tuesday.

Alleging the policy violates students’ First Amendment rights to free expression, the letter asks the university to revise their rules “to ensure that administrators do not prohibit students from speaking spontaneously in public outdoor areas.”

According to the ADF, freshman Sofie Salmon rolled a beach ball around campus one day last September, asking other students to write messages on it. Salmon used the “free speech ball” to recruit students to form a chapter of the conservative group Turning Point USA at UW-River Falls.

“Even though Salmon did not block any sidewalks, hinder instruction, or disrupt the campus educational environment, a school administrator told Salmon she must reserve a space for her expression, limit her speech to a public sidewalk on the edge of campus, or risk an encounter with campus police,” wrote the ADF in a statement.

Source: College prevented student from rolling her ‘free speech’ beach ball around campus: attorney | The College Fix

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