Kudos to YAL member Derek Spicer for contacting FIRE and taking action to promote free speech at his school!
Last year, students living in NC State residence halls were subject to a civility statement requiring students to “speak to each other in a civil manner” and prohibiting the display of items that might be “disrespectful” or “hurtful.” After the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote to NC State pointing out the First Amendment problems posed by the policy, NC State revised it for this year, making it clear that freedom of expression is paramount.
Derek Spicer contacted FIRE last year, notifying them of this terrible mandate. After FIRE contacted the school, they announced that the policy was under review. Spicer recently notified FIRE that the policy had changed for the 2012-2013 school year.