A free speech organization filed a lawsuit against the University of Central Florida (UCF) alleging that the school has “discriminatory” policies in place that chill students’ speech.
Speech First, a nonprofit membership organization working to combat campus civil rights restrictions, filed a lawsuit against the university over its “discriminatory” harassment policy, its computer policy, and its “Just Knights Response Team” (JKRT), which is the school’s version of a Bias Response Team.
Bias Response Teams are measures deployed by universities to combat “hate speech” on campus. The teams ask students to tattle on their peers to Bias Response Teams, such as UCF’s JKRT, which proceeds to monitor and investigate students and faculty with “problematic” speech. Some teams use law enforcement and student conduct administrators to enforce their rules.
“The University of Central Florida and its administrators have created a series of rules and regulations that restrain, deter, suppress, and punish speech about the political and social issues of the day,”