UMass ends campus speech policy that sparked lawsuit

June 26, 2018 GMT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is ending a campus speech policy that a libertarian group alleged was unconstitutionally restrictive.

A school spokeswoman said Tuesday the nearly 30-year-old rule has been rescinded because it was rarely enforced and could be misinterpreted as a limitation on free speech.

The rule said protests and rallies using electronic amplification could occur only from noon to 1 p.m. on one side of the school’s student union.

A federal lawsuit filed in January by Young Americans for Liberty says the rule violates the First Amendment because it’s too broad.


Cliff Maloney, the group’s president, says he applauds the university’s decision and hopes it sparks similar changes at other campuses.

The Virginia-based organization dropped the UMass lawsuit Monday. It has previously sued several other colleges over speech rules.