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Court strikes down part of SLU free speech policy

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Posted: Jul 28, 2010 4:44 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: SLU, Southeastern Louisiana University, security, fee, free speech, guidelines

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says universities cannot require a security fee for speaking on campus without any guidelines for what security is needed.

It ruled Southeastern Louisiana University's free speech policy is unconstitutionally vague on that point.

Jeremy Sonnier challenged the policy after trying to evangelize individual students on Nov. 19, 2007.

He was told to leave because he hadn't applied for a permit seven days earlier.

His case is still in federal district court.

The 2-1 appellate ruling rejected his request for orders against other parts of SLU's free speech policy, including the seven-day notice.

In dissent, Judge James L. Dennis said those are unconstitutional, at least as applied to Sonnier.

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