Protest Banned at Miami U (Ohio)
A report from a Miami University (Ohio) student: "we've been meeting with administration and advisory committees and we've exhausted all the available avenues to deal with the matter in as diplomatic a way as possible. but since this hasn't gotten us anywhere in the 4 years we've been working on this, we have recently begun organizing direct actions and creative protests with the intent of educating the Miami community. on tuesday, one of our protests was shut down by Miami Police, who told us we were not allowed to protest without a permit. when we went to Student Affairs to get one, they denied it to us."
This is a common problem, as universities try to ban protests under various pretexts. Legally, there may not be much you can do. Universities aren't obligated by law to have free speech. But they are obligated by moral values to do that. Here's a few steps to take: 1) contact the media. Put out a press release about it; 2) contact free speech groups, like FIRE and the Center for Campus Free Speech; 3) get the administration on the record, ideally from the president. Ask them whether there is free speech on campus. 4) get allies on campus, such as staff, faculty, and students, to express support for you and have another protest next week.