Related Cases

Today numerous Christians and student ministries on public tax-funded university and college campuses are experiencing the same crisis of discrimination Josh Wheaton faced in this film – threats, hostility, and unconstitutional policies restricting their religious liberty. Alliance Defending Freedom and our Allied Attorneys are defending the religious freedom of the Christian students, professors, and ministries listed below, and many more.

Case University Year(s) Case Number
Ward v. Wilbanks

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Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2009-2012 10-2100/2145

Julea Ward, a graduate student in counseling at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), asked her advisor if she should refer a client to another counselor. The client sought counseling over a same-sex relationship, and since Julea holds religious beliefs against such a relationship, she saw that as a potential conscience issue. For referring the client to another counselor as her advisor told her to do, Julea was ordered to appear before a faculty review board, which told her to “see the error of her ways,” and take an “remediation” course. She refused to do either, and was expelled.

Outcome / Sources

District court ruled for EMU, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled for Ward. EMU settled out of court. District court ruled for EMU, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled for Ward. EMU settled out of court.
SOURCES:
EMU Student Achieves Final Victory after Court Rules ‘Tolerance is a Two-way Street’, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, December 10, 2012: click here
Victory for Religious Liberty on Campus, Alliance Defending Freedom blog: click here
Ashley Thorne, Eastern Michigan University Settles with Expelled Counseling Student Julea Ward, National Association of Scholars, December 12, 2012: click here

Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley

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Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia 2010-2011 10-13925

Jennifer Keeton was enrolled in the Counselor Education Program at Augusta State University, seeking to obtain her master’s degree in school counseling. During her time in the program, Jennifer had respectfully voiced her Christian beliefs regarding sexuality and gender identity. After Jennifer completed her first year in the program, school officials asked her to participate in a remediation plan addressing what the faculty perceived as deficiencies in her “ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations.” Keeton declined the remediation plan and claimed it violated her First Amendment free speech and free exercise rights.

Outcome / Sources

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled against Keeton.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Keeton, In Her Own Words, Alliance Defending Freedom blog, July 27, 2010: click here

August State Univ.: Change Your Beliefs or Get Out, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, July 22, 2010:click here

Tracey McManus, Judge rejects Keeton lawsuit, The Augusta Chronicle, August 20, 2010: click here

Lopez v. Candaele

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Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles, California 2009-2011 09-56238

For a Speech 101 class assignment, Jonathan Lopez spoke about his Christian beliefs and marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Jonathan’s professor interrupted his speech, called him a “fascist bastard” in front of the class, accused him of “offending” the class, refused to grade his speech (writing, “Ask God what your grade is” on the evaluation sheet), and threatened to get him expelled when he complained to the dean about the mistreatment.

Outcome / Sources

After a win at the district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Lopez did not have standing to challenge the college speech code.

SOURCES:

ADF Asks Ninth Circuit to Rehear Lopez v. Candaele Ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom blog, October 1, 2010: click hereCalif. Professor to Student: “Ask God you’re your Grade is,” Alliance Defending Freedom news release, Feb. 12, 2009: click here A Blow to Student Liberty on Constitution Day, Alliance Defending Freedom blog, September 20, 2009: click here

Dozier v. Houle

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Yuba Community College, Marysville, California 2008-2009 2:08-cv-2298

The college threatened a student, Ryan Dozier, with arrest and expulsion for sharing a Christian message along a Yuba College walkway. District policies limited student free speech activities to two hours per week and required students to obtain permission two weeks in advance.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit resulted in a settlement and elimination of the college’s unconstitutional speech policies.

SOURCES:

Calif. Court: Christian Student Free to Speak as Case Proceeds, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, November 13, 2008: click here Ryan Dozier: Student Free Speech, Alliance Defending Freedom blog: click here

Adams v. The Trustees of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington

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University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina 2006-2013 10–1413

Dr. Mike S. Adams was an award-winning professor in the Department of Criminology until he became a Christian and a nationally recognized conservative writer. From then on, he became the target of numerous investigations and was denied promotion.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom sued the university and won an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after the district court ruled against Professor Adams. A trial is scheduled to take place in late 2013.

SOURCES:

Victory for Academic Freedom: 4th Circuit Says Professor’s Speeches, Columns Protected by First Amendment, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, April 6, 2011: click here

Cumana v. Miami-Dade Community College

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Miami-Dade County Community College, Miami, Florida 2006-2013 10–1413

Christian students at Miami-Dade Community College attempted to hand out business cards with the message “It’s the call you’ll never forget” and the phone number to a local ministry. Campus security halted distribution and informed the students they were not permitted to pass out literature without prior approval from the Student Life Director. The policy cited by campus security did not have any guidelines for approving or disapproving the literature.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom Allied Attorney filed suit in order to protect the student’s constitutional rights. The school settled and adopted a new policy allowing literature distribution on campuswithout prior review.

SOURCES:

Cumana v. Miami-Dade Community College, July 1, 1999, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom: click here

Thomas v. Boren

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University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 2004 5:04-cv-00176

The Beacon OU is a Christian student organization at the University of Oklahoma. Its members publish a student newspaper from a Christian perspective. In order to cover their printing and circulation costs, the group applied for funding just like every other student organization. But unlike most campus clubs, they were given only $150, compared to the other campus newspaper which received more than $4,000. The student committee cited a policy prohibiting use of student funds for “religious services.”

Outcome / Sources

After a lawsuit was filed by Alliance Defending Freedom against the university’s discriminatory practices, Oklahoma settled by changing its policies and providing extra funding for The Beacon newspaper.

SOURCES:

Thomas, et al. v. Boren, et al, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom: click here

Roberts v. Haragan

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Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 2003-2004 5:03-cv-00140

Jason Roberts, a law student, requested permission from the university to speak in a certain campus location, but administrators said he could only make his remarks in an approved speech zone – a “free speech gazebo.”

Outcome / Sources

A federal court struck down university speech policies as unconstitutional.

SOURCES:

Jason Roberts v. Donald Haragan, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom: click here

Sheldon v. Dhillon

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San Jose City College, San Jose, California 2008-2010 5:08-cv-03438

June Sheldon, an adjunct professor at San Jose City College, was fired after one student complained about her answer (taken from a class textbook) to a student’s question about human heredity and homosexual behavior.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom sued San Jose City College and the district court refused to dismiss Sheldon’s lawsuit. ADF obtained a $100,000 settlement for lost earnings for Sheldon.

SOURCES:

Fired Calif. professor exonerated in settlement of lawsuit against San Jose college district, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, July 22, 2010:click here

Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

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San Jose City College, San Jose, California 2008-2010 5:08-cv-03438

University officials denied equal access to student activity funding for a Christian newspaper while funding other student publications. University policy prohibited funding for “religious activities.”

Outcome / Sources

The U.S. Supreme Court halted the university’s viewpoint discrimination and ordered equal access for the Christian student publication. The Court said universities must distribute money from student fees equally, in a viewpoint neutral manner, regardless of whether the activity at issue was religious.

SOURCES:

Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, Facts of the Case, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom: click hereA History of Success, Victory for Equal Access – Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, Alliance Defending Freedom:click here

Southworth v. Regents of the University of Wisconsin

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University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 1996-2002 03-2314

Law student and Wisconsin National Guard member Scott Southworth watched as the University of Wisconsin dispersed student fees collected from students like him to organizations engaging in left-wing radicalism and other causes he did not agree with. He sought to opt out of paying those student fees, but was rebuffed by the university.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom attorney filed a lawsuit against the university. The legal battle progressed from federal court to appeals court to the U.S. Supreme Court and back to the appeals court for a final and precedent-setting victory. Thousands of college students on every campus in America would benefit from the decision. The appeals court enabled Christian groups on every public campus in America to be accorded equal treatment with any other club, even when it came to funding. Student fee funding must be distributed in a viewpoint neutral fashion, regardless of whether the recipient has a religious purpose.

SOURCES:

Student Fees: You Must Pay Them, But All Campus Groups Can Receive Them, Alliance Defending Freedom: click hereChris Potts, “On the Line,” Faith & Justice magazine, pp. 16-20, Vol. V, Issue 2: click here

Wayne State University Students for Life v. Driker

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Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 2008-2009 2:08-cv-13181

Law student and Wisconsin National Guard member Scott Southworth watched as the University of Wisconsin dispersed student fees collected from students like him to organizations engaging in left-wing radicalism and other causes he did not agree with. He sought to opt out of paying those student fees, but was rebuffed by the university.

Outcome / Sources

After Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a lawsuit, the school agreed to change its unconstitutional student fee and facilities use policies and pay back previously denied student fee funds.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.Wayne State University Students for Life v. Driker, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, July 24, 2008: click here

Steiger v. Lord-Larson, et al.

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University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 2005-2006 05-C-0700-S

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire officials prohibited student resident assistants from holding Bible studies anywhere in their dorms, including their own rooms. Among those resident advisors notified of the policy was Lance Steiger, who had led Bible studies in his room for the previous four semesters. The university threatened him with disciplinary action if he continued to lead Bible studies in the dorm.

Outcome / Sources

On behalf of Steiger, Alliance Defending Freedom and Allied Attorney Michael Dean sued the university over violations of the First Amendment right to free speech and free exercise of religion. The university agreed to settle the case and changed its policy to allow resident advisors to have Bible studies in their dorm rooms.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.Steiger v. Lord-Larson, et al., Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, November 14, 2005: click here

Fluehr v. Pennsylvania State University

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Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 2006 4:06-cv-00394

Penn State had Orwellian speech code policies that suppressed the discussion of controversial viewpoints. The university encouraged students to inform on their fellow students who uttered words or engaged in actions deemed “intolerant.” The policies disadvantaged religious expression and favored viewpoint discrimination.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on behalf of student A.J. Fluehr. Penn State officials agreed to revoke the school’s unconstitutional speech code.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2009.Fleuhr v. Pennsylvania State University, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, January 24, 2006: click here

Christine Mize, Southern Illinois University

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 2007 NA

A Southern Illinois University professor threatened a student’s grade when she refused to grade a paper that presented a faith-based recovery plan for women dealing with post-abortion syndrome.

Outcome / Sources

After Alliance Defending Freedomattorneys intervened, Southern Illinois university administrators ordered the student’s paper be graded.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2009.

Scott Savage, Ohio State University-Mansfield

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Ohio State University- Mansfield, Mansfield, Ohio 2006 NA

A librarian at Ohio State University-Mansfield suggested some conservativebooks for the freshmen reading list to counter the far-left bias of manyof the books listed. He was accused of sexual harassment and investigated by the university.

Outcome / Sources

After an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney intervened, Ohio State University-Mansfield dropped the charges against the librarian.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship v. Rutgers

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 2006 NA

Rutgers University used a “non-discrimination” policy to throw a student ministry off campus for requiring leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs.

Outcome / Sources

After an Alliance Defending Freedom Allied Attorney intervened, the school quickly dropped its attack on the student group’s ministry and re-recognized the group.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship v. Rutgers, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, October 29, 2002: click here

DiscipleMakers v. Spanier

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Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 2004 NA

Penn State University officials denied a Christian student group recognition as a registered student organization, claiming the campus already had “too many” Christian clubs.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a civil rights lawsuit, prompting Penn State to grant official recognition of DiscipleMakers, a Christian club, as a registered student organization. Penn State also reversed its "uniqueness requirement" which said student organizations cannot "duplicate those of an already existing registered student organization."

SOURCES:

DiscipleMakers v. Spanier,Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom ,October 8, 2002: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Badger Catholic Foundation v. Walsh

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University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 2007-2011 09-1102 & 09-1112

University officials denied equal access to student fees for a Christian student group because the group engaged in prayer, worship, and proselytizing during the activities.

Outcome / Sources

After Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys secured victories at the district court and appeals court, the Supreme Court declined to review the case. As a result of these victories, Badger Catholic has received equal access to student fee funding.

SOURCES:

Supreme Court Upholds Victory for Catholic Student Group at University of Wisconsin, Alliance Defending Freedom blog, March 7, 2011: click here

Christian Legal Society Chapter at the University of Montana School of Law v. Russel

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University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana 2007-2011 CV-07-154

The Christian Legal Society Chapter at the University of Montana School of Law began sought official recognition, but the law school claimed CLS violated its non-discrimination policy because any student who wants to belong or serve in CLS leadership is required to sign and affirm a statement of faith. The law school refused to allow CLS access to the same funds granted to other student clubs.

Outcome / Sources

A federal district court sided with the university, but after Alliance Defending Freedom and Christian Legal Society attorneys appealed, the university agreed to settle the case and change their policy to allow for viewpoint neutral funding. It also agreed to recognize CLS as an independent student organization.

SOURCES:

Christian Legal Society v. Eck, legal complaint: click hereCLS, ADF Appeal Lawsuit against Univ. of Montana Law School, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, June 19, 2009: click here

Christian Legal Society of the University of Toledo v. Johnson

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University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 2005 3:05-cv- Toledo, Ohio

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) at the University of Toledo College of Law adopted the most recent chapter constitution required by CLS national and submitted it to the Office of Student Activities at the university. The assistant director of Student Activities reviewed the constitution and told the group that he would not approve it unless they removed all Scripture references and included the required conformity to non-discrimination policies. CLS tried unsuccessfully to resolve the situation.

Outcome / Sources

After filing a lawsuit, Alliance Defending Freedom and Allied Attorneys at CLS settled the case. Toledo accepted CLS’s Constitution and recognized the group as an official registered student organization. The university also agreed to allow all student organizations to include references and citations to religious texts, such as the Bible, in their constitutions and bylaws.

SOURCES:

NCAA Bowl Picks – Campus Freedom Style, Alliance Defending Freedom blog, December 17, 2010:Christian Legal Society Chapter of the University of Toledo v. Johnson: click here

OSU Students Alliance v. Ray

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Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 2009-present 10-35555

Oregon State University Students Alliance has published The Liberty, an independent student newspaper, since 2002, and has distributed the paper in bins on campus since receiving permission from the university to do so in 2005. But in 2009, university officials confiscated the independent student paper’s bins--which contained copies of the paper--without notice and threw them next to a dumpster. The university claimed it did so as part of an effort to beautify the campus, but it left untouched the numerous distribution bins of the other student newspaper, The Daily Barometer. Subsequently, the university refused to allow the bins back on campus except for in the immediate area of the student union, a restriction not placed on the other student newspaper

Outcome / Sources

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that university officials violated the constitutionally protected freedoms of an independent student newspaper when they confiscated its bins and tossed them onto a trash heap. Oregon State University is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

SOURCES:

9th Circuit: OSU Cannot Trash Free Speech, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, October 23, 2012: click hereOSU Student Alliance v. Ray, decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit:click here

Arizona State University Students for Life v. Crow

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Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 2006-2010 08-15905

The campus chapter of Students for Life wanted to put up a display demonstrating the harm of abortion. The school administration tried to force the chapter to pay a number of fees and obtain liability insurance that no other group had ever been asked to do.

Outcome / Sources

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed the case after the school changed its policy, and vacated the district court’s ruling in favor of the university.

SOURCES:

Arizona State University Students for Life v. Crow, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, October 31, 2006: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Chi Alpha, University of Texas – Pan American

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University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas 2002 NA

University of Texas-Pan American officials denied a Christian student group, Chi Alpha, the right to have a speaker address the group at an event that included prayer, worship, and an invitation.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom ally sent a demand letter on behalf of Chi Alpha to the university, which allowed the event to proceed as planned.

SOURCES:

Chi Alpha, University of Texas – Pan American, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, April 1, 2002: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2009

Rock for Life v. Hrabowski

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University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 2007-2011 1:08-CV-00811

When Rock for Life-UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County) attempted to hold a pro-life display on campus university officials moved the display to a nearly deserted area of campus under a policy that grants them unbridled discretion to move events without notice, resulting in blatant viewpoint discrimination. UMBC officials also informed the student group that any similar future events will also be assigned to this nearly deserted area. UMBC also has an unconstitutional speech code.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on behalf of Rock for Life-UMBC against university officials for various First and Fourteenth Amendment violations. The university agreed to remove unconstitutional policy provisions prohibiting “emotional harassment” and “intimidation.” The university also agreed to amend its speech zone policy—eliminating the unlimited power it previously had over student events—and will provide safeguards for First Amendment expression.

SOURCES:

Rock for Life v. Hrabowski, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, April 2, 2008: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Justice For All v. Faulkner

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University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 2002-2006 04-50335

Justice for All, a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin, was denied permission during a pro-life display to distribute a flyer that said “Life is Beautiful - Choose Life” on the university campus because it did not include the name of the student organization. The university also had a problematic speech zone policy.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit and prevailed in district and appeals courts. The case established the precedent that a college campus is a designated public forum for students, which entitles the students to greater free speech protection, and also for the principle that anonymous speech is protected by the First Amendment.

SOURCES:

Justice For All v. Faulkner,Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, October 1, 2002: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Pro-Life Cougars v. University of Houston

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University of Houston 2001-2003 4:02-cv-00219

The Pro-Life Cougars, a student group at the University of Houston, invited an organization called Justice for All (JFA) to participate in an outdoor pro-life display on campus. The university refused to allow JFA’s exhibit on the main part of campus because it found the pro-life message “potentially disruptive” according to university policy. University officials would only allow the exhibit to take place on the fringes of campus.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in district court, which said the university violated the First Amendment, and issued a precedent-setting victory that can be used against content-based speech policies at other colleges and universities.

SOURCES:

Pro-Life Cougars v. University of Houston, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, October 15,2001: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Christian Legal Society Chapter at Arizona State University v. Crow

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Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona 2004-2006 04-cv-2572

Christian Legal Society (CLS) applied for official recognition as a student organization at the law school. However, the application was denied because the Student Code of Conduct required all student organizations to pledge they will not discriminate, among other things, based on religion in selecting members and leaders. CLS requires all members and leaders to affirm its statement of faith.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom and CLS filed a lawsuit, alleging that Arizona State violated its First Amendment rights of expressive association, free speech, and free exercise of religion by failing to exempt the chapter from the “non-discrimination” provision in the Student Code of Conduct. ASU settled the case by agreeing to change the non-discrimination policy, which now allows religious student groups at ASU to limit membership or leadership to those who share the same religious beliefs.

SOURCES:

Christian Legal Society Chapter at Arizona State University v. Crow,Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, November 17, 2004: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-UW Superior v. Walsh

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University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin 2006-2007 06-C-0562-S

Christian Legal Society (CLS) applied for official recognition as a student organization at the law school. However, the application was denied because the Student Code of Conduct required all student organizations to pledge they will not discriminate, among other things, based on religion in selecting members and leaders. CLS requires all members and leaders to affirm its statement of faith.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the University of Wisconsin System alleging its non-discrimination policies trample First Amendment rights. A settlement allowed InterVarsity to continue operating as a recognized student organization on campus, and all religious student organizations in the University of Wisconsin System will be able to associate freely based on beliefs defined by the organization.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-UW Superior v. Walsh, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, October 5, 2006: click here

University of North Dakota Christian Medical and Dental Association- University of North Dakota

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University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota 2004 NA

Christian Legal Society (CLS) applied for official recognition as a student organization at the law school. However, the application was denied because the Student Code of Conduct required all student organizations to pledge they will not discriminate, among other things, based on religion in selecting members and leaders. CLS requires all members and leaders to affirm its statement of faith.

Outcome / Sources

University of North Dakota officials refused to grant the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) chapter recognition as a student organization because the group requires its members to adhere toorthodox Christian beliefs.

SOURCES:

University of North Dakota, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, February 9, 2004: click hereUniversity Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.

Alpha Iota Omega Christian Fraternity v. Moeser

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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 2004-2006 1:04-cv-00765

Officials at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill withdrew recognition of a Christian men’s fraternity because of its requirement that all of its members and officers adhere to a Christian statement of faith and conform to certain standards of conduct.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit against University of North Carolina (UNC) officials. As a result of litigation, UNC changed its policy to allow student organizations to select their members based on beliefs.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.Alpha Iota Omega Christian Fraternity v. Moeser, Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, August 19, 2004: click here

Students for Life at E. Michigan Univ. v. Parker

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Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 2013-present 2:13-cv-11221

Students for Life at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) sought fundingl to bring the Genocide Awareness Project to campus. EMU’s student government refused to provide any funding because it said the event was too “biased,” “controversial,” and “one-sided.” The student government also cited an EMU policy that prohibits funding for any student event that contains “political or ideological” speech.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit, which is still pending.

SOURCES:

Students for Life at Eastern Michigan University v. Eastern Michigan University, legal complaint: click here

Beta Upsilon Chi v. Machen

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University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 2007-2013 08-13332

University of Florida officials refused to recognize Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ fraternity) as a registered student group because the group limits membership to Christian men. The school did not apply a similar standard to other student organizations.

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom fought Florida all the way to the U.S. Court of Appeals at the Eleventh Circuit.The university agreed to change itsunconstitutional policy.

SOURCES:

University Project Map, Alliance Defending Freedom Prayer & Information Letter, August 2010.Beta Upsilon Chi v. Machen,Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom, July 10, 2007: click here

Cowboys for Life v. Sampson

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Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 2013-present 5:13-cv-00086

University of Florida officials refused to recognize Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ fraternity) as a registered student group because the group limits membership to Christian men. The school did not apply a similar standard to other student organizations.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom lawsuit is pending.

SOURCES:

Cowboys for Life wrangles outlaw administrators at Okla. State University, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, January 29, 2013: click here

John Oller v. Nancy Roussel

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University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2011 6:11-cv-02207

Dr. John Oller, an internationally acclaimed professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, teaches applied language and speech. He was censored by the university for his viewpoints on creation, and he’s been excluded from teaching responsibilities, endured discrimination, and is not allowed to use his own textbooks for his classes.

Outcome / Sources

An Alliance Defending Freedom Ally’s lawsuit seeks to protect Dr. Oller from breach of contract and to defend his freedom of speech and the right to be free of retaliation. A jury trial is set for May 2014.

SOURCES:

UL-Lafayette Censors Internationally Acclaimed Professor for Politically Incorrect Views, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, January 5, 2012: click hereOller v. Roussel, legal complaint, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Lafayette Division: http://www.adfmedia.org/files/OllerComplaint.pdf

Anderson v. Harrison

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Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio 2013-present 2:13-cv-00838

When Spencer Anderson, a student at Columbus State Community College, sought to discuss his religious and pro-life views and to distribute flyers about his new pro-life student group, college officials required him to get a permit 48 hours in advance. Then they confined his activities to a speech zone. College officials forbade him from exiting the speech zone to speak with people or to give them his flyer

Outcome / Sources

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a lawsuit, which is currently pending.

SOURCES:

Ohio college sued for limiting free speech to less than one percent of campus, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, August 27, 2013: click here

Candler v. Jenkins

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Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2012-2013t 3:12-cv-00687

Deanna Candler decided to participate in the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity by distributing written materials on the Louisiana State University campus. After asking where on campus she could hand out literature, the university informed her she could only do so in “Free Speech Alley,” a tiny portion of the university’s 650 acres. The university also told her she had to register with the Office of Campus Life prior to distributing any literature.

Outcome / Sources

Deanna Candler decided to participate in the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity by distributing written materials on the Louisiana State University campus. After asking where on campus she could hand out literature, the university informed her she could only do so in “Free Speech Alley,” a tiny portion of the university’s 650 acres. The university also told her she had to register with the Office of Campus Life prior to distributing any literature

SOURCES:

Free speech no longer boxed in at LSU, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, Alliance Defending Freedom news release, July 3, 2013: Candler v. Jenkins, United States District Court, For the Middle District of Louisiana, legal complaint: click here