The U.S. Department of Justice is jumping in the battle against the University of Michigan, saying universities and colleges haven't done a good job of creating true freedom of speech on their campuses, David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press reports. The department thinks the univesity's rules are too narrow.
"In recent years, many institutions of higher education have failed to uphold these freedoms, and free speech has come under attack on campuses across the country," the Justice Department said in a statement of interest filed in federal lawsuit. The statement was filed in a suit by Speech First, a groupo challenging U-M's speech code.
“Freedom of speech and expression on the American campus are under attack," Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said in a statement. "This Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is committed to promoting and defending Americans’ first freedom at public universities."