The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a California college violated the free speech rights of conservative students by preventing them from being allowed to hang their posters on campus.
The student group Young Americans for Freedom sued Clovis Community College when school officials took down their posters criticizing socialism and then told them they were not allowed to hang any more of them. The college used a vague policy banning “offensive content” to shut the group down.
The court agreed with students.
Per The College Fix:
The students, members of the Young Americans for Freedom group, had sued the school in August 2022 after campus leaders removed their posters criticizing socialism and highlighting its death toll.
The appeals court this week sided with a district judge’s ruling from October 2022 that administrators cannot prevent students from posting flyers with themes some find objectionable.
“The district court did not abuse its discretion when it concluded that [the students] were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the ‘inappropriate or offens[ive] language or themes’ provision was facially overbroad,” the appeals court ruling states.
Leading up to Thursday’s ruling, Clovis Community College rescinded its vague flyer policy.
The students were also given the go ahead to sue the school.
So, the lawsuit is going forward.Commentary