In 2006, ADF filed a lawsuit against Georgia Institute of Technology for its “draconian speech codes” that prohibited speech on topics deemed “intolerant,” and speech zones that limited free speech to particular areas of campus. The University further refused to fund student organizations that engaged in religious or political speech. Finally, the school had a program called “Safe Space,” that purported to tell students what the “correct” interpretation of the Bible was regarding homosexual behavior. After filing the lawsuit, ADF successfully negotiated a settlement under which Georgia Tech eliminated the speech code and repealed its speech zone policy. A federal court also found that the University’s Safe Space program violated the Establishment Clause.
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Atlanta, GA
Topic: Speech Code, Speech Zone, Student Fees, Establishment Clause