“Neither the state of Florida nor its state colleges and universities are enclaves immune from the requirements and protections of the First Amendment,” the filing reads.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression had denounced the original plan, citing concerns over free speech.
On college campuses, long-simmering tensions are erupting in violence and shattering the sense of safety that makes colleges hubs of free discourse.
In a Tuesday letter, the Education Department said there’s “renewed urgency” to fight discrimination against students during the Israel-Hamas war.
The financial aid proposal comes months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that universities cannot consider race in the admissions process.
Some activists voiced concern that the review could chill legitimate free speech rights and make people hesitant to express political opinions.
The proposal comes months after the Supreme Court ruled that universities cannot consider race in the admissions process.
Chancellor Ray Rodrigues wrote to university presidents Tuesday at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ urging, saying the student group is illegally backing Hamas militants.