Penn State Young Americans for Freedom went out on campus to protest our school’s “free speech”
zone policy. Students watched as the chapter mocked the policy by “constructing” a
new “free speech zone” in an unauthorized area.
Most people on campus are unaware of the rules regulating free
speech. When our YAF members were asked by our fellow students
what we were doing, they were shocked to hear that Penn State
limits the free and open exchange of ideas to twelve areas on
campus, some only after 5:00 p.m. Some students even dared to
test the administration by participating in our protest outside of one of the designated speech zones.
Overall the event seemed to be a success. It is absurd that a
university that claims to be open to the free flow of ideas would
stifle a constitutionally protected right. Forcing students into
twelve small areas on a campus that is 8,556 acres is unacceptable
and we will continue to draw attention to the issue until the
policies are changed.
Know your rights on campus, we do!
Jolie Stuart-Davis is the chair of Penn State YAF