Troy art student sues after nude photos banned

November 1, 2005

An art student sued Troy University on Monday, saying the school violated his free speech rights by censoring his artwork and implementing a campus speech code that unconstitutionally restricts speech.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, contends Troy officials removed portions of Blake Dews' artwork because it featured female nudity.

The university issued a statement defending its decision on Dews' art.

''The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community 's standards,'' the statement said. ''This is a matter now under litigation and under the advice of our attorney this is the only statement the university will make at this time...

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