Student group suing UMass over speech and rally policies

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – A UMass student group claims the school’s restrictions on student rallies are “unconstitutional.”

The UMass chapter of the Libertarian group Young Americans for Liberty filed a lawsuit against the university on Monday over its speech and rally policy.

They claim the university’s policy limiting when and where speeches and rallies can be held violates free speech rights.

The policy restricts all speeches and rallies to less than 1 percent of campus, and only between noon and 1 p.m. each day.

“A lot of students like to take on a specific cause and fight for it. And it’s good because it makes UMass UMass,” Jake Weiss said. “I think it’s important to be able to have that free speech whenever we feel it’s important to do so.”

Those who fail to follow the speech and rally policy at UMass could be fined or even suspended. The lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing UMass from enforcing the policy.

UMass said they have no comment on the pending litigation.