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U. of Cincinnati loses free speech lawsuit – is another Ohio college next?

August 23, 2012

As a native of Toledo, Ohio (Go Mud Hens!), I guess I should be happy that my home state is so flush with cash that it had $200,000 in taxpayer funds to waste in the latest doomed attempt by a public university to violate the constitutional rights of its students. Since 2007, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work) has been warning the University of Cincinnati (UC) that confining student speech to a tiny "Free Speech Area" that covered a mere 0.1% of the school's 137-acre campus is unconstitutional. UC was dead serious about enforcing this policy — the school actually threatened that any UC students who dared to express themselves outside of that spot would face trespassing charges and criminal prosecution...

Schools: Sinclair Community College University of Cincinnati Cases: Sinclair Community College: Police Ban Signs at Religious Freedom Rally University of Cincinnati: Speech Code Litigation