28 California Colleges, Universities Have ‘Restrictive’ Protest, Demonstration Policies

August 9, 2015

By Beau Yarbrough at Whittier Daily News

Two California colleges have settled for $145,000 in damages in eight months after being sued over restrictions on student protests and political speech.

And as other campuses prepare to begin fall classes, the organization that sued Citrus College and Cal Poly Pomona has a list of more than two dozen schools with restrictive protest and demonstration policies.

On July 23, Cal Poly Pomona settled a lawsuit over a policy that restricted political speech to a 154-square-foot triangle of grass on campus for $35,000.

In the settlement, the university agreed to revise its policies and pay student Nicolas Tomas $35,000 in damages and attorney’s fees. The 24-year-old nutrition major had been handing out pamphlets advocating a vegan lifestyle and attacking the treatment of farm animals. According to Tomas, he mostly worked the sidewalks between the university’s parking garage and the main campus, where he would see most of those coming or going from campus...

Schools: Citrus College California State Polytechnic University – Pomona Cases: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit Citrus College – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit