(Neb)-NU Regents Approve Free Speech Policy
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The University of Nebraska Regents have approved a policy designed to make system campuses more conducive to the free exchange of ideas, following an incident last year when a graduate student lecturer confronted a student who was recruiting for a conservative group. The lecturer's contract was not renewed for the spring semester.
The policy reaffirms the university's commitment to rights of speech and expression, and calls for regular opportunities to teach about the First Amendment. It also requires NU campuses to designate spaces as public forums, limited public forums or nonpublic forums.
The regents also approved a statement decrying any legislative efforts to tell the university how it should respond to issues surrounding free speech. Regent Jim Pillen says such legislation would infringe on the regents' independence under state law.
Three state senators, including Tom Brewer of Gordon and Steve Erdman of Bayard, released a statement in the aftermath of the August incident questioning the university's protection of conservative students and whether the school could be trusted to conduct an honest investigation.
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