Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suit Challenges College's Speech Zones and Speech Code

A student at Georgia Gwinnett College has filed suit in federal district court challenging the school's Speech Zone and Speech Code Policies. The 76-page complaint (full text) in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, (ND GA, filed 12/19/2016), says that plaintiff was stopped from distributing religious literature on campus when he was outside two small designated speech zones, and that when he tried to share his religious views in one of the designated speech zones he was told that his speech constituted disorderly conduct because it had generated complaints. Plaintiff asks for a declaratory judgment and injunction finding that the speech policies violate his free speech, free exercise, equal protection and due process rights. The Daily Signal reports on the lawsuit.