Students Wring Nearly $1 Million Out Of Their Colleges For Violating Their Free-Speech Rights

July 24, 2015

By College Fix Staff at The College Fix

Two big settlements landed this week in lawsuits facilitated by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, both involving students whose colleges tried to limit or punish their speech.

Rather than let its president personally face hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, Valdosta State University agreed to a $900,000 settlement with Hayden Barnes, FIRE said Thursday.

As The College Fix reported in January, an appeals court ruled that Valdosta State President Ronald Zaccari could be held personally liable for having Barnes expelled in 2007 for making an environmental-protest collage against proposed school parking garages, which Zaccari alleged was a “threatening document...

Schools: Valdosta State University California State Polytechnic University – Pomona Cases: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit Valdosta State University: Student Expelled for Peacefully Protesting Parking Garages