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ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Trustees Have Free Speech Too

April 21, 2005 by ACTA

On Tuesday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Hamilton, a member of St. Clair Community College's Board of Trustees. Hamilton has for the past several years been an increasingly outspoken critic of the College's president, Rose Bellanca; he has also repeatedly questioned whether the Board has adequately supervised what he sees as her questionable performance. Last November, the Board adopted a new "Code of Ethics and Responsibilities" that amounted to a speech code specially directed at trustees. Among its provisions are the stipulations that trustees must "engage in positive public relations for the college," that they must "not solicit or encourage faculty, student or employee concerns, whether by telephone,

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