UPDATE: UNH overturns decision to ban 'Straight Outta Stoke' T-shirts
DURHAM — Students upset about the University of New Hampshire's decision to ban T-shirts a dorm was planning to distribute should be a little happier.
The Residential Life office decided to prohibit the distribution of the 200 T-shirts that Stoke Hall residents had ordered.
"A recent decision by Residential Life staff at the University of New Hampshire to prohibit distribution of 200 T-shirts to Stoke Hall residents has been overturned," Erica Mantz, director of UNH Media Relations said. "While some students may be offended by the language on the shirt, not to release the shirts would be an undue restriction of free speech, a core value for the university."
The shirts read "Straight Outta' Stoke" and were banned before they were even released to the students. Students say UNH's Residential Life office deemed the message inappropriate and possibly offensive in African American Culture, and the word 'straight' may be insulting to the LGBTQ community.