U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross last month ruled in favor of Georgia Gwinnett College’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the college had adequately resolved the main issues in the case by revising its policy concerning the process of how and where students and groups can speak on its campus.
The Alliance Defending Freedom disputed the decision.
“The First Amendment guarantees every student’s freedom of speech and religion. The district court clarified what Georgia Gwinnett College refused to make clear: that its students have the right to speak in any outdoor area of campus. That’s good news, but it doesn’t vindicate our clients’ constitutional rights,” Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Travis Barham said in a news release. “The district court ignored how GGC officials repeatedly censored Chike, and these officials should not get off scot-free for creating and enforcing policies that trampled students’ constitutionally protected freedoms.”
The appeal was filed with the 11th Circuit of the U.S. District Court of Appeals.