“claimed in their lawsuit that the designation for hateful speech was too broad”
The school actually disbanded their bias response task force, among other things.
Campus Reform reports:
Montclair disbands ‘Bias Education Response Taskforce’ in free speech lawsuit settlement
Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit Christian legal advocacy group, just scored a significant victory for students’ freedom of speech at Montclair State University.
ADF attorneys claimed that several policies enforced by the university violated student’s rights under the 1st and 14th amendments. Rather than taking the case to trial, both parties reached a settlement this summer that will result in the effective repeal of the rules the ADF took issue with.
There were three university rules that the ADF believed the New Jersey school was unconstitutionally imposing within the context of it being a public institution.
For one, Montclair required students to obtain permission from university staff two weeks prior to holding an event in which they would speak publicly. ADF asserted that this practice unconstitutionally limited student speech by imposing a form of prior restraint on their expression.
Second, the university also maintained a “Bias Education Response Taskforce” that was intended to punish speech determined to be “motivated by bias or prejudice.”
ADF lawyers claimed in their lawsuit that the designation for hateful speech was too broad and could be applied flippantly to suppress “protected speech on important social and political discussions in which [students] regularly engage.”
Thirdly, Montclair’s student government association created a “class” system for student organizations that could be used to inhibit the ability of clubs to obtain funding, according to the lawsuit.
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