RPI Shuts Down Students With Eminent Domain

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

Actually, it was the rent-a-cops at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute who tried practicing law without a license. The ABA should be up in arms.

“In a repressive double play, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has both censored student speech and tried to justify its clampdown with an absurd interpretation of eminent domain law,” Kayla Stetzel reports in Reason.com.
“In Februrary, security guards at the New York college removed two students from a public sidewalk outside a hockey game for passing out buttons and fliers that criticized the university.”

“The students were supporting the ‘Renew Rensselaer’ campaign, an alumni group that seeks to expose administrative abuses of powers. When the students pointed out that they had a right to be on public property, the guards suggested that the school controlled the property through eminent domain.”

Silver lining: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) noticed.