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College That Restricted Campus Speech Liable for Damages Even if it Drops the Policy, Supreme Court Hears

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College That Restricted Campus Speech Liable for Damages Even if it Drops the Policy, Supreme Court Hears

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The Supreme Court was urged to allow a First Amendment lawsuit from former students in which a Georgia college belatedly expanded free speech on campus after Christian students ran afoul of its constitutionally suspect campus “speech zone” policy. The court heard oral arguments in the case known as Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski. The hearing lasted 92 minutes, exceeding the scheduled 60 minutes. The Trump administration weighed in on behalf of the petitioners, former students at the college. The case goes back to 2016 when Chike Uzuegbunam, a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, a public college in Lawrenceville, Georgia, was on campus handing out literature and sharing his Christian beliefs when a college official stopped him, informing him that he was breaking the rules by not speaking within the boundaries of an approved campus “speech zone.” The policy allegedly chilled speech on campus. Joseph Bradford, another student who is also a petitioner in …

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