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Group claims UL "speech code" infringes on 1st amendment rights

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UL Lafayette is facing criticism over a policy that some students fear limits freedom of speech.

The "Speech Code" outlines language that's prohibited on campus computers and networks. 

The Young Americans for Liberty Chapter of UL Lafayette says the words "distasteful" and "offensive" written in the University network and computer speech code could potentially censor students in the future, and threaten academic integrity.

"That clearly goes against the constitution because the words distasteful and offensive are entirely vague and have no legal meaning" , explained YAL UL President, Joe Shamp 

The Group believes that UL is trying to prevent obscene language, but they want clarity. 

"This policy could be used to censor any viewpoint that the university doesn't like," explained Shamp

For a year and a half, Shamp says he's been urging the university to clarify and even change the policy.

KATC reached out to administrators for a comment, and they released this brief statement:  "The University is in the process of reviewing the policy."

"In the 1960's Martin Luther King Jr, a lot of his speech would be considered very offensive by the ruling elite. But, because he had the right to speak, he had the right to bring that debate forward, and he ended up winning that debate," argued Shamp 

The Young Americans for Liberty Chapter of UL Lafayette's next big move is to begin an email campaign to garner more support to push the university to change their speech code.

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