DOCUMENT: ACLU urges CNU to revise protest policy

DOCUMENT: ACLU urges CNU to revise protest policy

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DOCUMENT: ACLU urges CNU to revise protest policy

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 9:56 AM

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) -- The ACLU of Virginia is urging Christopher Newport University to revise its demonstration policy after students were denied permission to protest a visit by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The university requires students to give 10 business days notice before a demonstration on the Newport News campus. Ryan's visit Tuesday was not announced until one business day in advance, and administrators refused to make an exception to the rule.

In a letter Thursday to Dean of Students Kevin Hughes, ACLU of Virginia lawyer Rebecca Glenberg says the right to free speech is meaningless if citizen may not react to events -- especially political events -- as they arise.

AP-WF-09-21-12 0956GMT

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