Tuesday, March 08, 2005
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Regulating Debate at the University of Alabama

On the heels of an UA Student Senate resolution condemning the "hate speech" code proposed by the Faculty Senate, comes this report that UA administration is enforcing "an application process for [Student Government Association] debates in which organizations [have] to tell Elections Board members where they plan on holding the event and how they would regulate candidate and audience behavior." (More background is here.)

The Mallet Assembly, the UA mens' honors program, which has hosted the final SGA candidate debate in years past, will not be doing so this year, in protest of the new debate restrictions.

What is it about freedom of speech and freedom of assembly that faculty and administrators at the University of Alabama don't understand?