WMU to Pay $35,000 to Settle Free-Speech Lawsuit Filed by Kalamazoo Peace Center

May 4, 2015

By Rex Hall Jr. at MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University will pay $35,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed last year by a student group that said the university's policies are unconstitutional and restrict free speech on campus.

That's according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a Philadelphia, Pa.-based organization that assisted the Kalamazoo Peace Center in its legal action, which was filed in October in U.S. District Court.

Attorneys for WMU and the Peace Center reached a settlement Thursday, according to court documents. Those documents did not disclose the terms of the settlement, however.

The civil-rights lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 20, stemmed from the Peace Center's efforts in April 2014 to bring Boots Riley, a well-known musician, activist and labor advocate to campus as a keynote speaker as part of the Peace Center's 35th Annual Peace Week...

Schools: Western Michigan University Cases: Western Michigan University – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project