U.S. court: Texas college was wrong to prohibit anonymous pamphlet distribution

A federal appeals court ruled in late May that a University of Texas at Austin policy banning the distribution by students of anonymous pamphlets on campus was unconstitutional.

SPLC View: This decision upholds the rights of students (but not non-students) to distribute material anonymously on school grounds and should be of help to both public college and high school students who wish to publish such material in either a school-sponsored or independent student publication. As the court noted, citing a 1995 Supreme Court ruling, “anonymous pamphleteering is not a pernicious, fraudulent practice, but an honorable tradition of advocacy and dissent” that “exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular.”