The students allege they were disciplined for covering a protest.

Campus Reform reports:

Conservative lawsuit against U of I proceeds to federal court

A First Amendment lawsuit accusing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of infringing on the rights of three student journalists will proceed to court.

The federal lawsuit, which names multiple university officials as defendants, was filed on behalf of three Campus Reform correspondents on April 9 after they were disciplined for reporting on a campus protest that resulted in a graduate student instructor assaulting the journalists and damaging one’s property.

Two of the students, Joel Valdez and Blair Nelson, were the targets of Khan’s rage during the altercation, while the third student, Andrew Minik, merely reported on the incident for Campus Reform.

Campus Reform has learned, according to the Office of the Registrar, that the University of Illinois has allowed their co-defendant and anarcho-communist instructor Tariq Khan to resume teaching in the Fall 2018 semester. Khan will be teaching the course “HIST 310: Global Capitalism in History.”

His class registration went live just after Khan appeared on a panel of leftist instructors. During his speech, Khan, while acknowledging he is a co-defendant with the university, said “He’s lucky I didn’t flatten his ass out on the ground for talking about my children,” referring to the attack on Joel Valdez.

Valdez had asked Kahn whether he had “anything better to do” than protest President Trump, adding, “Don’t you have kids?”

Following the November confrontation, the students were issued restraining orders in an effort to prevent them from reporting on Khan.