Temple denies degree to decorated vet

April 10, 2008

Sgt. Christian DeJohn and his attorneys squared off against Temple University before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday morning in Center City.

Christian DeJohn v. Temple University questions free speech rights and whether a student's political opinions are a legitimate basis for denying him a degree from a state university.

Before a three-judge panel, Sgt. DeJohn's attorney, Nathan Kellum, tried to convince the judges that Temple's "speech codes" were unconstitutional.

Sgt. DeJohn, a graduate student at Temple and a sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, was repeatedly denied by school officials in his pursuit of a master's degree in military and American history after he was called to active duty to serve in Bosnia after 9/11...

Schools: Temple University Cases: Temple University: Speech Code Litigation