Chicago State University tries to limit speech

According to my 9yo daughter, “It’s completely and utterly stupidulous.”

Pancho McFarland, an associate professor of sociology at Chicago State, fears the policy could restrict all types of communications by professors, including speaking engagements.

“It will put a chilling effect on our ability to speak in a number of venues,” he said. “It is part of this bigger history to quiet criticism of the administration.”


Nelson, an English professor at the University of Illinois, said that the Chicago State communications policy violates free-speech rights and is an affront to higher education, where the ability to share ideas without retribution “is so central to everything we do.”

“I’m sure this will be roundly denounced and I guarantee you the administration will have to back down,” Nelson said.

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