Students sue UH Hilo for allegedly violating free speech rights

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Two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the University violated their free speech rights on campus.

According to the complaint, the students, who are members of the organization Young Americans for Liberty, were told by a school official to stop offering other students copies of the U.S. Constitution. The official cited school policy, which says Registered Independent Student Organizations cannot approach people to solicit information.

The University has issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“The University of Hawaii at Hilo is committed to free expression and the open exchange of ideas. This case involves the application of specific campus policies that were implemented to protect those values while preserving the educational environment for all students. UH Hilo has initiated a review of the policies involved and the manner in which they were enforced. We will make any changes that are needed to ensure that free expression and First Amendment rights are fully protected.”

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