Student activists of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at Penn State were confronted by a campus security officer Wednesday while handing out copies of the Constitution and informing other students about the university’s “speech code” policies.
Writing in a piece for Breitbart, Ashley Pratte, spokesperson for the YAF, said the group of students set up a table during Constitution Day outside of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB), one of 12 designated free speech zones on campus.
An hour later, a security officer told them to take the table down, saying, "You can't have a table but you can pass out flyers.”
The students caught the incident on video:
According to Pratte:
The official brought two more people from the college with him, one of them from Student Affairs, where they explained to Davis that she needed to reserve the space. She asked why she would have to reserve the space since it is a "designated free speech zone." The college representatives told her she could go inside and discuss the policy. However, when she did, the officials hurried away.
Pratte adds that YAF activists have tabled at the same location before, but this time the students were “highlighting Penn State's ridiculous speech code policies.”
Onward State, the school’s student-run blog, identifies the staffer and says that Penn State prohibits unregistered structures.
“You are in violation of our policy. It is really very simple,” the official said during the argument.
In response, the blog writes: “Policies that are only justified by the fact that they are, in fact, policies are usually never good…”