Maryland’s public university system is poised to become the first in the country with a policy on student displays of pornographic films, a direct response to legislative demands made after a screening earlier this year of a XXX-rated film at the University of Maryland, College Park, reports the Baltimore Sun. Though work on the policy is continuing, it has stirred many of the same free-speech concerns that raged when the university briefly quashed student plans to screen the pornographic epic "Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge" in April. Many student groups would prefer to have no policy at all, but the system’s Board of Regents is likely to vote on a final version before a Dec. 1 deadline set by the state legislature. The situation is an uncomfortable one for university officials, who are highly sensitive about academic freedom, and for students, who fear that political expediency could trump their freedom to enjoy and discuss controversial entertainment. The policy will not ban anything, but, as per the legislature’s request, it probably will require that the showing of pornographic materials be paired with an educational discussion…

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