The Era Of Sexual Censorship On Major Campus Is At ‘An End’

February 2, 2015

By Blake Neff at The Daily Caller

An Ohio University student has successfully sued for the right to wear a T-shirt making a crude sex joke on campus.

This is the fourth straight victory for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education as it works to eliminate speech codes on American college campuses.

Isaac Smith sued Ohio University last year after the school tried to bar him and his friends from wearing shirts promoting their organization Students Defending Students. SDS provides free assistance to students accused of disciplinary infractions, so fittingly, the T-shirts read “We get you off for free.”

Neither the group’s mission nor its lewd humor endeared it to university administrators, who tried to ban the shirts. The university’s vague code of conduct, which prohibits any “action from which mental or bodily harm could result to another person,” narrowly backed up the demand.

With FIRE’s assistance, Smith sued, and OU quickly found itself in a battle it did not want to fight. On Monday, it agreed to settle the case as a total victory for Smith, allowing him to wear his shirt, while also paying him $32,000 in damages and agreeing to roll back its speech code.

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