Faculty And Students Abhor Community-College Protest Rules In Seattle

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Protests, political debate and exercising one's First Amendment rights can be as educational as anything taught in the classroom, Seattle Community College faculty and students said during a lively hearing on a proposal that would change the rules on campus protests.

About 60 people jammed into a small room on the Seattle Central Community College campus Tuesday to argue against the proposal, which would restrict protests to specific areas of the three district campuses and to the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Protest signs also could be no larger than 3 feet by 5 feet.

Seattle Central was home to Occupy Seattle for more than two months last fall, before the movement was evicted when the college outlawed camping on campus. But college officials said the new rules weren't written to restrict Occupy protesters.

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