Know Your Rights as a Christian in a Public College

Joe Carter | October 1, 2015

As the school year gets underway, many parents, students, teachers, and coaches have questions about what they legally can and cannot do as it relates to their Christian faith. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a non-profit organization that defends the religious liberty of Christians, has compiled a helpful collection of guidance on our constitutionally protected rights. Below is information related to public colleges and universities taken directly from various resources produced by ADF.

Previously: Know Your Rights as a Christian in a Public School (K–12)

Freedom of Speech 

The U.S. Constitution protects your right to express personal religious and political beliefs in writing, speech, and visual or performing arts while at a public university. In class, a professor may ask you to take positions you disagree with so long as he doesn’t require you to agree with those positions outside the classroom.

Many public universities use unconstitutional speech codes to censor students on campus. By using terms like “offensive,” “demeaning,” and “uncomfortable,” these speech codes give administrators broad discretion to silence students, which is unconstitutional.

Freedom of Association 

Christian student groups have the same right to associate on public university campuses as any other group.

In most circumstances, universities cannot expel religious groups from campus…

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