It seems Utah's two mainstream private colleges have more in common when it comes to putting a lid on free speech than most Utahns might have suspected.
Brigham Young University, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has traditionally kept a tight rein on its students' behavior and public speech. But Westminster College, which purports to be a liberal institution even ivy league and emphasizes tolerance and free expression, has recently shown a surprising lack of dedication to openness and respect for self-governance and the First Amendment.
First, the administration ignored a vote of the student senate in the case of a misbehaving student body president and sacked him. Then, undergraduates received an email from the associate provost for student development, telling them to refer all reporters with questions about the college's decision to the administration: