Settlement fixes vague UT-Knoxville speech policy


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jon Scruggs regarding settlement of McGlone v. Cheek, a lawsuit that challenged the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s practice of requiring outside speakers to obtain internal “sponsorship” before they could engage in free speech on campus. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit temporarily prohibited the university from enforcing the written policies behind the practice in August of last year and has now issued a consent order that settles the case:

“University administrators cannot pick and choose which viewpoints they will allow on campus. This settlement resolves that problem at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville by removing the vague policies that the 6th Circuit found to be unconstitutional. Confusing policies that don’t provide appropriate direction to both speakers and university officials don’t benefit anyone.”
 
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