Washington, DC | www.adc.org | August 24, 2015 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) assisted the University of Toledo in drafting a new policy to promote the free exchange of ideas on campus.
After learning that the school censured students who peacefully demonstrated against Karl Rove last year, ADC worked in collaboration with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the University of Toledo in drafting the new policy to protect student free speech rights on campus.
On September 15, 2014, University of Toledo students attempted to exercise their First Amendment rights by demonstrating peacefully and protesting a lecture by Karl Rove on campus. Despite acting in full accordance with the law, the students’ were threatened with arrests by campus police. ADC’s Michigan Regional Office (ADC-Michigan) was immediately notified of this incident and intervened to advocate on behalf of the students.
ADC-Michigan Legal Fellow Reem Subei praised the University of Toledo’s efforts to promote free speech in the new policy: “We applaud the University of Toledo for putting together a campus-wide policy that reiterates students’ constitutional right to freedom of expression and assembly. It was a pleasure to work with FIRE and the university on drafting this policy which lends strength and empowerment to student speech.”