Free speech zone at University of Cincinnati struck down – permanently

A federal judge permanently struck down free speech policies at the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday, upholding a previous ruling that found the policy unconstitutional and vague.

Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction in June in the lawsuit brought by the school’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter after group members tried to circulate a petition across campus and were confined to a “Free Speech Area” consisting of about 10,000 square feet.

Black’s decision Wednesday makes that ruling permanent, ending policies that required students to give between five to 15 days prior notice of protests and demonstrations, in addition to confining them to the free speech area. A revised policy adopted by the school and accepted by Black requires 24-hour notice of demonstrations of more than 25 people..

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