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Modesto Junior College Loses War Against Constitution

The California student barred from passing out copies of the Constitution gets a big settlement.
By Alec Torres

In a big win for free-speech rights on college campuses, Modesto Junior College in California settled a lawsuit with a student who was barred from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day.

Last September, Robert van Tuinen was told by a campus police officer and a college administrator that he could not pass out Constitutions in a public space without permission from the college or outside of the designated “free-speech zone.”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) represented van Tuinen, who won $50,000 in damages in the suit settled on Monday. Modesto Junior College has also agreed to change its policies and allow free speech in open areas throughout the campus.

Modesto Junior College Loses War Against Constitution

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