College Lifts Free Speech Restrictions After TPUSA Chapter Lawsuit

College Lifts Free Speech Restrictions After TPUSA Chapter Lawsuit

Macomb Community College is finally lifting free speech restrictions after the school’s Turning Point USA chapter filed a lawsuit challenging the policies.

The chapter was relaying the advantages of fossil fuels on campus before police confronted the students, accusing them of trespassing because they did not fill out a formal request from the administration, demanding the group members not to speak to their peers.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against the community college, resulting in the college agreeing to a legal settlement with the chapter months later to lift any unconstitutional restrictions.

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“Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have secured an agreement from officials at Macomb Community College to drop unconstitutional restrictions that banned students from engaging in expressive activity on campus unless they were granted a permit from the dean or vice president,” ADF announced in a press release.

“In practice, even approved speech was limited to a small zone comprising less than .001 percent of the college’s metro Detroit campus,” the organization continued.

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Additionally, the school announced Wednesday that it would change the free speech policy, affirming that the school is “a strong proponent of free speech” and the First Amendment, The Washington Post reported.

According to the outlet, Macomb Community College spokeswoman said in an email to the school that “the new policy will no longer require students, in most cases, to seek prior approval for engaging in expressive activity on the college’s campuses.”

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“Macomb Community College is a strong proponent of free speech, committed to balancing the First Amendment rights of individuals with the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors,” the email concluded.

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ADF Legal Counsel Caleb Dalton commended the college for doing away with its “unconstitutional speech restriction.”

“Students at a public college shouldn’t have to request permission to exercise their First Amendment freedoms,” he said.

“We commend the college for acting quickly to suspend these unconstitutional speech restrictions and vote on policies that ensure every student will be able to speak freely and peacefully, regardless of their viewpoint, without fear of being punished.”

(H/T: Campus Reform)

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