CALIFORNIA -- Welcome to Irvine Valley College, where the fight for free speech by professors and students has been going on for more than two years.
Along with faculty members (see Professor), students are upset over what they say are violations of their First Amendment rights that started when Raghu Mathur became president of the college. Some students have even decided to sue the school.
Irvine Valley students Diep Burbridge, Scott Stephansky and Dorothy Caruso filed a lawsuit in August against the South Orange Community College District, saying that their rights to free expression were being violated.
"President Mathur, certain administrators and board of trustee members were strategically suppressing students and faculty and reducing us to second-class citizens," Caruso said.
The students claim that the school is infringing on their rights by regulating where they can gather, post messages and pass out fliers.
"Suddenly, little glass boxes encased under lock and key showed up on our outside bulletin boards," Caruso said.