By Tom Lindsay
In January, Texas A&M University became the Lone Star State’s sole university to receive the highest possible rating for its protection of the First Amendment on campus. At the same time, it appears that the University of Texas System is considering taking its own principled stand for freedom through adopting the University of Chicago’s exemplary Statement on Free Expression.
Texas A&M’s “Green Light” rating on free speech comes from the nonpartisan watchdog organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE rates schools on the basis of three categories: A “red light” signifies that the school has official policies on its books that are unconstitutional on their face due to the fact that they “clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech.” CONTINUE READING HERE