There was something striking about the event. Although the students marched, they were basically confined to what is known as a "Free Speech Zone" on campus, which in this case, was at a location called, The Rock, in the center of campus. Although they did march out of the zone, in general, they were to stay in the "Free Speech Zone," which generally limits their protest reach on the campus. I researched this, after the event, and found this quote and supporting data per the article below:
"On far too many campuses nationwide, universities unreasonably restrict students’ expressive activities to limited areas—so-called “free speech zones.”
Therefore, since the University of Miami is indeed on this list, it helped me to better understand, why the students had their event, for the most part, in this confined area. I think this article is worthy of a read as it argues against such a limitation and provides insight into legal cases with rulings regarding this scenario. For example, per the article: "In a 2012 case, a federal judge ruled that the University of Cincinnati’s free speech zone“violates the First Amendment and cannot stand.” A Website is referred to in the article, where students can visit and learn more about their particular school and their free speech rights: http://www.thefire.org/spotlight/ I researched all of the schools where my children, my husband and I are Alumni/attending (University of Florida, LeMoyne College, Yale University, Harvard University and Columbia University) and not one of them are on the Free Speech Zone map, which I was glad to see but this did not take away my surprise about such at other universities.Interestingly, the fire.org website opens with the following statement:
"An overwhelming majority of colleges and universities across the country deny students the rights they are granted under the First Amendment or institutional promises. Every year, FIRE reads through the rules governing student speech at more than 400 of our nation's biggest and most prestigious universities to document the institutions that ignore students' rights—or don't tell the truth about how they've taken them away. FIRE's Spotlight database will tell you if your school is one of them."