First Amendment Groups Ask Federal Appeals Court to Overturn Hazelwood-Based Removal of Hawaii College Student

December 11, 2015

By Frank LoMonte at Student Press Law Center

Can a student be kicked out of a degree program at a public university because those in charge of his department think his ideas are outside the mainstream of his intended profession?

That's the issue presented by a just-filed case before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, involving a student dismissed from a student-teaching program at the University of Hawaii.

The SPLC joined our friends at FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, in filing a friend-of-the-court brief this week in the case of Oyama v. University of Hawaii, urging the appeals court to protect the rights of college students to safely voice opinions that challenge and even contradict the mainstream beliefs in their field...

Schools: University of Hawaii at Hilo