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UPDATE: College Won’t Enforce Speech Restrictions While Lawsuit Continues

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sued Citrus College among others for restricting student speech when the group debuted its new litigation project, and it’s already paying off: Citrus has agreed to stop enforcing a few policies at issue while the lawsuit continues.

FIRE listed the now-suspended policies on Thursday:

prohibiting students from engaging in spontaneous expressive activity outside of the institution’s tiny “Free Speech Area,” established by institutional policy AP 3900 (PDF). …

Similarly, the college will cease enforcing portions of AP 5450 (PDF), which requires student organizations to request administrative permission before “all activities and fundraisers whether held on or off campus.” …

Finally, the college has committed to suspend enforcement of its Harassment Policy, established in AP 7102 (PDF), except in instances where the conduct or expression in question is unprotected by the First Amendment or is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive to constitute harassment as a matter of law.

Citrus included some caveats, though. Read the full FIRE blog post here.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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