A ridiculous new “harassment” policy instilled by the University of Houston didn’t last long, as a federal judge ruled in favor of a number of conservative students who said the new so-called “policy” just happened to stifle free speech on controversial topics.
The policy, which aimed to suspend, expel, or otherwise punish students who spoke out on topics like transgender athletes and other issues that trigger snowflake liberal academia types, was struck down with a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, the Washington Times wrote.
A judge has struck down the University of Houston’s new harassment policy, siding with three conservative students who argued the policy impinged on the right to free expression on topics from transgender athletes to immigration. https://t.co/T8QjcHMIl4
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 23, 2022
Judge Hughes ruled that the school’s policy, which could pusnishe students for “‘unlawful severe, pervasive, or persistent treatment’ based on race, color, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation was too broad to protect them from the censorship of ‘arbitrary professors.'”
“Restraint on free speech is prohibited absent limited circumstances carefully proscribed by the Supreme Court,” the judge wrote. “Any limitation deserves the utmost scrutiny.”
Examples of what could have been considered “harassment” under the asinine policy included “minor verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, annoyances, insults, or isolated incidents including, but not limited to microaggressions.”
The policy had gone into place on Dec. 27, until later being challenged by three conservative students, who were assisted by Speech First, “an advocacy group that sues universities on behalf of conservative students for first amendment violations.”
The group released a statement in the wake of Judge Hughes’ ruling, saying, “The court’s ruling sends a clear message to all universities that restrictions on student speech will not be tolerated simply because listeners find certain ideas to be offensive or controversial.”
Thank goodness groups like Speech First exist, or one can only imagine the levels of censorship free-thinking university students would experience, simply because they didn’t agree with their radical, liberal peers.