WHO-TV: Iowa State University at Center of Free Speech Lawsuit

AMES, Iowa — A national nonprofit is suing Iowa State University, alleging three of the school’s policies violate students’ right to free speech.

Speech First targets the university’s chalking ban, which limits use of written messages on ISU sidewalks to only university recognized student groups; communication about ballot measures and political campaigns through school-issued email; and the existence of the Campus Climate Reporting System.

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Due to COVID-19, we know that college students across the country are dealing with canceled classes, student housing complications, and an uncertain reality of what higher education will look like moving forward. Our thoughts and well wishes are with our Speech First members during this difficult time. We stand ready to support students as we figure out together what speech will look like on campuses after we move past this health crisis.
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