Wright: Both For and Against Free Speech

College President James Wright tells the Daily Dartmouth that organizations enjoy free speech, adding that the College can strip organizations of this right if it deems the speech to be inappropriate.

“I would make a distinction between an organization that’s recognized by the College and sort of individual speech. And I don’t mean that organizations don’t have rights to free speech. They do,” Wright said. “But Zeta Psi had to do with College recognition of an organization that had engaged in repeated instances of quite offensive conduct, singling out very specific students in a most insulting and defamatory way.”

As Emmett Hogan ’01 explained at length, Zeta Psi wasn’t derecognized for its “offensive conduct” but for dubious claims of “harassment.”