Bogus Freedom of Speech Issue

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Reading Time: 3 minutes at 250 WPM logoPosted Oct 26, 2019 at 16:55. Revised May 19, 2020 at 08:55.

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Slander is not included in freedom of speech!

College president Ambar has repeatedly pushed the bogus argument that there are First Amendment free speech issues at play in the Gibsons v. Oberlin College legal matter. The jury held, based on compelling evidence, that the college and Dean Meridith Raimondo were guilty of slander, but…

Libel and slander are NOT included in free speech! Had the trustees set up and enforced policies and procedures defining defamation and slander and defining how to speak in the name of the College, the Gibson mess would not have happened. All that should be necessary policy-wise would be a requirement that no one can present libel or slander as having the endorsement of the College. Individuals can say whatever they want, but no one can be allowed to shove words or ideas down the college’s throat without the College’s consent. So why is freedom of speech being used as a smokescreen to obscure something? It is bungling — or something more serious — like a gullible BOT that has been lied to by trusted subordinates?

Freedom of speech does not license everyone to speak for the college

The Oberlin College General Faculty currently has the power to commit the college to positions, either foolish or wise. This is as it should be, but there is no known requirement for the faculty to formulate official positions in consultation with the administration. Consultation and coordination are not infringements on free speech; they are protectors of it.

The free speech policy should ban publicly engaging in defamatory actions using college communication facilities such as bulletin boards or college email. There needs to be a designated committee or persons to review writings, activities, or publicity that implicitly or explicitly represent themselves as being endorsed by the college. Additionally, the college email template would probably require a disclaimer in its footer, as is done by many law firms. The failure to define a clear policy for authorizing official positions has established a trial lawyer’s paradise.

Freedom of speech rock, Oberlin College.
Freedom of speech rock, Oberlin College. Photo credit: JD Nobody.

This blog warns Oberlin Alumni about the verbal prestidigitation and redactions in the COVID and Gibson’s Bakery stories. Please tell your fellow Obies how our college has damaged its reputation, the Gibsons, and the worth of our degrees. No pandemic, sleazy PR, or conflating of libel and slander with free speech can minimize the BOT’s negligence. Their elitism and compulsive behavior is eradicating funding for THOUSANDS of scholarships or 225 Steinway concert grand pianos. All done to destroy a tiny bakery!

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Posted Oct 26, 2019 at 16:55. Revised May 19, 2020 at 08:55.
Retrieved Nov 26, 2020 at 07:25.
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JD Nobody, OC '61, has a 54-year career in developing software. This involved IT application design and maintenance, software engineering, bank operations, and article composing software for The Business Torts Reporter. He was an administrative officer and ICBM launch officer in the U.S. Air Force.
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