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LSU may shine on the gridiron, but it falls short on free speech: survey

“Louisiana State University’s football team went undefeated last season. The school is at the back of the pack, however, when it comes to protecting the First Amendment.”

That according to a report in RealClearEducation, which points out the Baton Rouge-based public university came in 53rd out of 55 schools in a survey it conducted recently in partnership with College Pulse and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Donavan Newkirk reports:

More than two-thirds (68%) of LSU students have felt at some point they could not express their opinion on a subject “because of how students, a professor, or the administration would respond.” …

Students also say they experience the suppression of First Amendment rights.

This August, several residential advisors resigned “out of concern that LSU is not adequately prepared for COVID-19,” according to FIRE. …According to a report, the RAs were “specifically forbidden from speaking to the media, including the on-campus newspaper, The Reveille.”

The report also notes that in 2015 LSU fired a tenured early-childhood education professor for using coarse language in class and FIRE gives LSU a “red light” rating, meaning it has “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

Read the entire article at RealClearEducation.

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