Assistant Attorney General John Anderson wrote in a four-page opinion the university may "constitutionally adopt a carefully drafted policy that prohibits offensive speech at Comcast (Center)."
The university requested the state's attorney general review the school's existing policy in the wake of a Jan. 21 incident at a men's basketball game that angered and embarrassed school officials and alumni, the Washington Times said Friday.
In the final minutes of a 68-60 loss to Duke, fans directed a sustained, vulgar chant at Blue Devils guard J.J. Redick.
School officials said school policy prevented them from stopping fans from screaming expletives at opposing teams or wearing T-shirts bearing vulgar slogans because those actions are protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.
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