South Dakota Board of Regents’ lone free speech grievance: Hobo Days

PIERRE, S.D. — An annual report documenting alleged violations of free speech on public university campuses across South Dakota turned up only a single complaint, a grievance over “Hobo Days” as the name of South Dakota State University’s homecoming celebration, according to the state’s Board of Regents.

Nathan Lukkes, the Board of Regents’ counsel, presented the findings to the interim Government Operations and Audit committee in Pierre on Monday, Jan. 11, as legislators questioned the effectiveness of the state-mandated report.

Rep. Sue Peterson, a Sioux Falls Republican, asked if the report amounted to an “administrative overburden” for the South Dakota Board of Regents.