Tuesday, February 25, 2014

College Settles Lawsuit Filed by Constitution-Loving Student

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Robert Van Tuinen, who was banned from passing out copies of the Constitution last September, filed a lawsuit against Modesto Junior College in October. A videotape of Van Tuinen being told he needed a permit and could only hand out the copies in a small area set aside for free speech at the college sparked widespread criticism.

Modesto has revised its policies to allow free speech in open areas across campus and agreed to pay Van Tuinen $50,000 as part of the settlement. Van Tuinen was assisted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Modesto’s previous free speech policy on time, place, and manner, its administrative procedures, and its expectations on campus free speech activities have all been revised. The new policies abolish the requirement that students and faculty must seek Modesto’s permission to speak.

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