One Afternoon, Two Victories for Freedom of Association
Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been misusing nondiscrimination policies to prohibit student clubs from choosing their leaders based on shared beliefs: whether shared political values, or faith in the very religious beliefs the group is formed to foster. Yesterday, this abuse stopped at two Universities.
Can Free Speech Be Limited to Only One Hour a Day?
According to university policies, students are barred from giving outdoor speeches and rallying on campus during class hours, except from noon to 1:00 pm each day. If they do decide to speak or rally during this time, they must do so on a tiny speech zone outside of the student union. That space makes up less than 1 percent of the 1,400 acre campus. (See if you can spot it on the campus map!)
Your [Semi-Serious] Christmas Gift Guide for Today’s College Students
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for that college student in your life can be tough. We here at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) want to help. We know college students and the unique challenges they face.
Three Universities, Three Student Groups, and Three Unconstitutional Speech Policies
University campuses may be slowing down as students leave for the holidays, but universities across the country are keeping Alliance Defending Freedom busy.
If Your Viewpoint Is “Similar” to Someone Else’s, Should It Be Silenced?
Too much of a “similar” viewpoint is a bad thing, according to officials at the University of California Berkeley. That is, unless it is a favored viewpoint.
Warning: Pro-Life Display Ahead
This year, university officials at Miami University of Ohio told Students for Life they were not permitted to put up their display without also posting warning signs around campus, basically discouraging people from viewing the exhibit. They feared the display might cause “emotional trauma” for other students. A university official also characterized the display as “harmful for some of [the university’s] community members.”
The Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to ensuring freedom of speech and association for students and faculty on America's campuses so that everyone can freely participate in the marketplace of ideas without fear of government censorship.
We have litigated federal lawsuits against over a dozen colleges and universities in the last year alone.
CAF attorneys have earned an almost 90 percent success rate in challenging violations of students' First Amendment rights. Since its founding in 2006, CAF's advocacy efforts have resulted in hundreds of American campuses being changed for the better.
Fresno State Students for Life v. Thatcher
The Students for Life chapter at California State University, Fresno, received permission to chalk pro-life messages around campus in May...
Queens College Students for Life v. Members of the City University of New York Board of Trustees
In 2016, Students for Life (SFL) applied to be a recognized student group at Queen’s College in New York, but...
Young Americans for Liberty v. Kellogg Community College
A student and several associates at Kellogg Community College were passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution and collecting signatures...
Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski
Chike Uzuegbunam is a student at Georgia Gwinnett College who sought to share his faith with his peers by handing...
Liebl v. Schmidt
In 2016, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was denied credit for mandatory community service simply because her...
Illinois university rescinds policy that restricted speech to less than 1 percent of campus
Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville has revised its campus speech policy in light of a lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed on behalf of a student group. Under the terms of a settlement agreement, the university will no longer limit student free speech activities to less than one percent of the SIU-Edwardsville campus and will no longer require a permit to use any other space outside that restricted zone.
Georgetown siphons checks from pro-family club to LGBT-affiliated groupsrelease
Lone Star College System in court after ousting conservative student grouprelease
Michigan college finally fixes policies that led to arresting people handing out Constitutionrelease
University of Iowa student groups stand up for Christian club kicked off campusrelease
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