Ohio student wins free-speech victory on college campus
A student at an Ohio community college has won a small victory for free-speech rights.
Columbus State Community College student Spencer Anderson was required to get permission in advance to stay in a small "speech zone" area when distributing pro-life flyers.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney David Hacker says those requirements are unconstitutional. After ADF sued on behalf of Anderson, the attorney reports all parties reached a "fantastic settlement" that rewrote the college's policy.
Lifenews.com reported last August that Anderson, a Christian, was passing out pro-life flyers advertising a new student group. He was required to get a permit 48 hours in advance and to remain in the "speech zone."
Hacker says this is an all-too-common problem on the majority of college campuses across the nation.
"Colleges all over the country have very restrictive speech policies," he advises, adding that approximately 65 percent of public colleges and universities have some sort of policy that violates students' free speech on campus.
"In this case," says Hacker, "free speech shouldn't be limited to a tiny area of campus nor should students really need permission to hand out flyers."source