385 number of campus victories

The Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to providing students and student organizations with support and information as they face escalating attacks on their free speech and religious freedom at America’s public universities.

ADF has successfully litigated more campus cases than all other efforts combined, securing nearly 400 victories for campus free speech since its founding. ADF has a 100% success rate against anti-free speech zones on America’s college and university campuses.

All students should be protected to freely speak and engage in the marketplace of ideas on campus under the First Amendment.

If you are a student who would like our help in addressing free speech or other violations of your First Amendment rights, contact us today.

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100% success rate against
anti-free speech zones

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, nonprofit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. We accomplish this through litigating cases, collaborating with advocates, training attorneys, and funding cases.

On university campuses, the ADF Center for Academic Freedom is dedicated to ensuring freedom of speech and association for students and faculty so that everyone can freely participate in the marketplace of ideas without fear of government censorship.

In today’s increasingly aggressive and polarizing political climate, it is more important than ever that universities teach students to engage civilly with other viewpoints. College students are the future of our society and government: they must be able to respectfully disagree and share opposing viewpoints if we expect them to become successful leaders.

Public universities are bound by the First Amendment and therefore may not punish students for their beliefs. When they do, the ADF Center for Academic Freedom is here to step in.


86% win percentage in
direct litigation

Many public universities use terms like “offensive,” “demeaning,” and “uncomfortable” in their speech codes to unconstitutionally silence students. Others abuse “non-discrimination policies” to limit the free association of student groups by denying their right to set standards for membership or leadership. Still others use arbitrary “speech zones” to silence dissenting voices.

The ADF Center for Academic Freedom is here to fight back. Our 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.

CAF has litigated federal lawsuits against over a dozen colleges and universities in the last year alone. Here is some of what we’re working on right now:

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 2017. But a professor and several students from his class erased the messages. The professor claimed that they had no right to speak outside the speech zone (which does not exist on the campus) and […]

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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 its application was denied without explanation under a discriminatory policy. This meant the group was further denied even the ability to apply for funds from the student activity fee pool that is distributed to student […]

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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 of other students who were interested in joining the new chapter of Young Americans for Liberty when campus officials demanded that they cease their activity since they did not obtain a permit and were not […]

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Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

Chike Uzuegbunam is a student at Georgia Gwinnett College who sought to share his faith with his peers by handing out pamphlets at a plaza on campus. A security guard and librarian said he was not permitted to do this because he was outside the speech zone. Chike then followed school policy to reserve the […]

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Liebl v. Schmidt

In 2016, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was denied credit for mandatory community service simply because her activities involved religious instruction. Another student, upon hearing this, opted not to seek this credit, knowing it would be futile. ADF filed suit, arguing that the First Amendment prohibits government officials from preferring some viewpoints […]

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