Non-Disclosure Agreement, Delaware State University

March 2023
Delaware State University (Public college or university)
Dover, Delaware


Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Organized outside group action
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Not Clear
  • Incident Responses:
    Student sanctioned
    Rally or Protests
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Was Speech Code incident


Due to an increase in safety concerns on the Delaware State University campus, administrators agrees to join students to form a Safe Spaces Coalition. This was under the terms that the students signed a non-disclosure agreement, ensuring they don’t talk about the issues anywhere else. In response to this, students began protesting, stating that they cannot be denied their right to free speech in exchange for safety on campus.

Reporter Kelly Powers, followed this instance, flagging it as a First Amendment Violation. The university has the right to keep a certain amount of private student information confidential, but arguments have been made that a ban on “any and all information” is much out of scope. Protestors to this non-disclosure agreement, mainly make the claim that the university needs to expand campus safety, but not at the expense of the students’ expressive rights.