Stamp Act at IUK

Most of you are probably too young to remember the stamp act of 1765, but we fought a revolution over it.  Interestingly, Indiana University-Kokomo is restricting political speech by taking down clearly temporary signs that advertised a book club my YAL group hosted a few hours ago (books provided by Students for Liberty).

Our book club was assigned to a room that is far from where students normally tread, so I quickly made up signs with arrows to point the way.  An art teacher was going to attend, but he said he didn’t want to have to search the entire campus to find the place.

After finishing the good discussions we had about Mises, we left, taking down signs as we walked.  When I couldn’t find any signs I just assumed that a group member had reached them before I could.

Upon arriving home I get this e-mail:

FYI in case you might have missed this when we sent it. I know we sent it over break and sometimes things might get lost of the shuffle. You’ll probably notice that most of your signs have been removed. Anything that’s posted incorrectly and/or not stamped is removed. Thanks.

The four goals of this policy are as follows:

1.    Reduction in the amount of flyers/posters in the hallways of the campus buildings

2.    Better organization of information for the campus community

3.    Recognition that no single channel of communication/publicity is going to reach all constituencies

4.    Allowance for creativity of those who are trying to promote their events/services/etc.

In the future all campus signage will have time limitations and must be approved by the authorizing department, including the approval of:

 ·         Office of Student Activities – registered student organization related postings

·         Office of Academic Affairs – academic/course related postings

·         Office of Communications and Marketing – campus-wide communications and external event-specific postings

I would also like to express my thanks to Sarah, Charlie, and Kat. I think this is a major step forward for our internal communication and I am grateful for all the members of the committee.

 Best Regards,
Stuart M. Green
Interim Chancellor

Sure, we don’t have to pay taxes to get the stamp on there (actually, that’s debatable) but the fact that we have to get the stamp of approval from a tax feeder (I was reading Will Grigg today) is…wrong, to say the least!

Does anyone else think this is wrong and or in violation of the 1st Amendment?

Video of our bookclub meeting (and maybe tea party outreach) will be up soon!

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