Letter to Students & Faculty from ACLU

The local California chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union have sent a letter to ensure that all CSU faculty and students are aware of their rights to speech, to protest, and to interact with the news media.

From the letter:

Freedom of speech is a constitutional guarantee protected by the First Amendment. All campuses should adhere to First Amendment principles because academic freedom is a bedrock of education in a free society. …

Freedom of the press, protected by the First Amendment, is critical to a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. A free media functions as a watchdog that can investigate and report on government wrongdoing. It is also a vibrant marketplace of ideas, a vehicle for ordinary citizens to express themselves and gain exposure to a wide range of information and opinions.

And your right to protest means you can dissent, demonstrate, and make your voice heard….

In the United States, students do not lose their constitutional rights “at the schoolhouse gate.” The protection of students’ constitutional rights – in and out of school – is essential for ensuring that schools provide both quality education and training in our democratic system and values.

Read the full letter, which includes contact information for ACLU chapters.

Download a guide from the ACLU about your rights to protest, speak and demonstrate in California