Kellogg Community College Settles With YAL

, Malcolm A. Kline, 2 Comments

College and university administrators may want to think twice about deterring students from passing out copies of the U. S. Constitution: They may not find it unconstitutional, but it can get expensive. “Kellogg Community College has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a freedom of speech lawsuit in federal court but did not admit to any wrongdoing,” Noe Hernandez reported in The Battle Creek Enquirer on January 23, 2018. “The college announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to resolve a complaint filed in federal court after three people were arrested for trespassing while distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution outside a campus building in 2016.”

“Two of those arrested and Young Americans for Liberty, a campus libertarian organization with more than 900 chapters across the country, sued KCC in January 2017 after members said they were arrested after being told they had to register and contain their solicitation to KCC’s student center.”