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College’s ‘free speech zones’ disappear

The Yosemite Community College District on Wednesday signed an agreement in court to revise its free speech policy, as it negotiates an end to a federal lawsuit filed by a student prevented from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in September. 

The district got national media coverage after Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College,  was halted from distributing copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day, Sept. 17 — the anniversary of its signing. 

He was told at the time he had to be in the campus “free speech area” to do that and ultimately couldn’t at all because the area was being used. He was told he would have to sign up in advance to use the area himself. 

Significant revisions to the free speech policy were agreed upon Wednesday in a joint stipulation filed in federal court between the school and attorneys for the student, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education — a group assisting in the lawsuit. 


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