West Virginia College Drops Protest Limits

Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company
The New York Times

November 15, 2002, Friday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section A; Page 26; Column 3; National Desk

LENGTH: 97 words


BODY: Under legal pressure from a civil liberties organization, West Virginia University in Morgantown has dropped a policy that restricted student protesters to designated "free speech zones" on campus. The Rutherford Institute, a conservative legal organization based in Charlottesville, Va., sued the university, arguing that the zones infringed on a basic right. The university had created as many seven zones, constituting less than 5 percent of the campus. Many outdoor areas long considered appropriate for public expression were off limits.