The University of Michigan quietly updated its speech policies after the Justice Department pointed out that those policies don’t define the offenses they are trying to restrict.
The Justice Department’s statement of interest in the Speech First, Inc. v. Schlissel case alleged that Michigan’s rules against “bias” and “bullying” leave those terms undefined, and the university then updated its policies, according to a department press release. The department argued that the University’s speech policies infringe on the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
The university defended itself by claiming that the Justice Department “seriously misstated University of Michigan policy and painted a false portrait of speech on [Michigan’s] campus.” The department claimed otherwise in a release noting that Michigan updated its policy.
However, after the Justice Department’s filing, the University of Michigan updated its speech policies. Most notably, the University removed the language stating, “the most important indication of bias is your own feelings.” The University provides a