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Banned from Keene State College for “Free” Speech

 For years I have been doing outreach at Keene State College. This normally consists of handing out fliers on campus, especially during class changes. Only this year did I ever encounter any trouble from campus security, when they threatened me with a no trespass order if I were to continue handing out information. Upon visiting with one of the college directors in his office, I inquired regarding their policy. I was told that not even KSC students may hand out fliers on campus! I was informed that I could have a table in the student center, just like the students can have. I would be allowed to sit behind the table, quietly, and only interact with people who came up to speak to me.

Aren’t college campuses advertised as the holy grail of free speech? What a bunch of nonsense.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Actually this was possibly decided decades (late 70s or early 80s) ago by the US Supreme court regarding off campus (unofficial) college newspapers being distributed on campus.  Bottom line, a public funded campus cannot treat a publication any differently than its own publications including allowing distribution boxes next to their distribution boxes.  Might have even been a Univ of AZ case.