Student Accused of ‘Disorderly Conduct’ for Sharing Faith on Campus Can Sue College Police, Rules 8-1 Supreme Court

from The Rutherford Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. —In a victory for the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a college student cited by campus police for “disorderly conduct” for speaking about his Christian faith and distributing religious literature on campus can sue officials for violating his free speech rights. In its 8-1 decision in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the Supreme Court found in favor of college student Chike Uzuegbunam’s free speech rights, ruling that he suffered a violation of his constitutional rights when officials enforced their speech policies against him. The Rutherford Institute had asked the Supreme Court to ensure that campus policies and administrators at Georgia Gwinnett College comply with the First Amendment.

Affiliate attorney Michael J. Lockerby of Foley & Lardner, LLP, in Washington, DC, assisted The Rutherford Institute in advancing the arguments in Uzuegbunam.

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