'(Bleep) Censorship' Posters Not OK On Saginaw Valley State Billboards, Prompting Legal Challenge

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Friday, December 14, 2012

A Saginaw Valley State University student says the school is inhibiting his freedom of speech, but university officials say otherwise.

Daniel Chapman wants to put up a sign with a two-word slogan; the first word is an expletive and the second is “censorship.”

According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit organization Chapman contacted for help, he’s protesting a university policy that states the Student Life office must review and approve all materials posted throughout the university.

“SVSU is using its unlawful censorship policy to censor student criticism of its unlawful censorship policy," said Robert Shibley, the foundation’s senior vice president in a statement. "SVSU administrators have displayed no understanding of the First Amendment or why free speech is important in our free society."

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