The Tampa Bay Times reports:
A proposed regulation aimed at restricting diversity programs and social activism at Florida’s public universities has stirred confusion, with some saying its broadly worded passages could limit free speech. A draft version being circulated for feedback says in part that universities may not spend public money on activities that “advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion” or “promote or engage in political or social activism.”
Social issues are defined as “topics that polarize or divide society among political, ideological, moral, or religious beliefs, positions, or norms.” The document is “absolutely horrific” and goes beyond what the legislation required, said Andrew Gothard, president of United Faculty of Florida, the statewide faculty union. “It limits ways for students to be active members of society and speak their minds, regardless of where they fall on the political spectrum,” he said.
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