Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) sent a letter to Iowa State University demanding that it revise its unconstitutional tabling policy. Tabling is one of the most popular forms of expression on college campuses, where students set up a display, hand out flyers, and invite other students to discuss current events and join their organization. But in an effort to shut down that form of speech, Iowa State limits student organizations to just eight tabling reservations a semester. This policy effectively penalizes active student organizations who want to engage in expression.
In its letter challenging the policy, SLF explains that it is unreasonable to place limits on how often students can engage in a particular form of speech on campus. Students rely on tabling as an effective and approachable way to convey their message on campus. By limiting how often students can table, and therefore limiting how students get their messages across, Iowa State engages in a form of censorship called prior restraint. As such, SLF demands that Iowa State revise its policy to remove the tabling limits.