Last year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education contacted N.C. State University to inform them their civility policy was in violation of the First Amendment.
Relenting, N.C. State made the policy voluntary earlier this month. N.C. State is not the only school in violation; policies at UNC might also restrict free speech.
The University, having received a red rating from the foundation, the lowest possible, must react and adjust the policies so they are not a violation of the First Amendment.
While correcting the polices, the University must find a balance which ensures that the safety of students remains a priority, without infringing on their constitutional rights.
Like N.C. State, our civility policy is also in violation of the First Amendment. The violation is found in the Community Living Standards: Rights and Responsibilities, which, in addition to UNC’s overall rank, received a red rating.