Des Moines Register: Lawsuit: Iowa State University accused of violating free speech rights ahead of Iowa caucuses

A national nonprofit is suing Iowa State University and its administrators, alleging three of the school’s policies violate the First Amendment by restricting free speech.

Speech First filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court declaring unconstitutional the university’s bans on sidewalk chalk messages; communication about campaigns and ballot issues through school-issued email; and the establishment of a 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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