Posted February 05, 2019 06:51:48The University of Virginia is not a safe place for students, and a recent review of the school’s controversial campus speech code has led some to question the schools “civility” toward its students.
A review of a proposed speech code for Liberty University, a private university in Virginia, found that the school “does not permit students to express viewpoints that do not align with their personal convictions.”
The review was published on the website of The Daily Caller News Foundation, a conservative news outlet.
The school’s code states that a student may not “distribute, promote, or otherwise disseminate, or advocate for, or in any way promote the dissemination of, materials that promote hate, violence, bigotry, or other harmful ideas or beliefs” and does not allow students to speak in a manner that “offends or humiliates someone based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or physical or mental condition.”
The proposed speech codes come at a time when colleges and universities across the country are being criticized for the policies they are pursuing to address racism, discrimination, and harassment, particularly after the election of Donald Trump.
In February, Liberty University was the subject of a scathing student survey that found nearly one-third of students were uncomfortable with the school, which was the largest public university in the country at the time.
In addition to its controversial speech codes, Liberty is the subject the federal government has opened a civil rights investigation into after a woman filed a lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed at the school in 2014.
The Daily Caller contacted Liberty University for comment.
A spokesperson for the school did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this article.