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DOJ Lays Down The Law On ‘Unconstitutional’ UMich Speech Policies

Rob Shimshock on June 11, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice filed Monday a statement of interest against the University of Michigan in a lawsuit alleging the school’s speech policies violate students’ free speech rights.

The department alleges that UMich, which was sued in May by free speech nonprofit Speech First, has an “unconstitutional” statement of student rights and responsibilities.

“The United States’ Statement of Interest argues that the University of Michigan’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which prohibits ‘harassment,’ ‘bullying,’ and ‘bias,’ is unconstitutional because it offers no clear, objective definitions of the violations,” the department asserted. “Instead, the Statement refers students to a wide array of ‘examples of various interpretations that exist for the terms,’ many of which depend on a listener’s subjective reaction to speech.”

Sessions’ Justice Department also cited UMich’s bias response team that, according to Speech First, has conducted over 150 investigations into allegations of bias over the past year.

UMich is the fourth school to have the pleasure of receiving a statement of interest from Sessions’ Justice Department. The DOJ previously filed statements in cases involving UC Berkeley, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Los Angeles Pierce College.

The school made headlines earlier in 2018 when union-backed professors at its Ann Arbor campus demanded a nearly 200 percent salary increase. UMich also denied a degree and transcript to a student accused of sexual assault, but would not grant him a hearing, either.

“Contrary to the Department’s statement, the university’s Bias Response Team does not ‘ha[ve] the authority to subject students to discipline and sanction,’” UMich spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told The Daily Caller News Foundation, linking to a clarification of the definitions. “Rather, it provides support to students on a voluntary basis; it does not investigate claims of bias or discipline students in any way.”

“[UMich] prohibits ‘harassing’ and ‘bullying,’ but the definitions of those terms have just been streamlined and are based on provisions of Michigan law that have been upheld by the courts,” Fitzgerald said.

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