Student Group Sues UMass Alleging Free Speech Violation

Jan 9, 2018

A building on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.
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A group of students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are challenging the university over restrictions on student rallies, which the students claim are unconstitutional. The group, Young Americans for Liberty, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court.

According to the students' complaint, the university limits the time and location for speeches and rallies, a policy the students allege is vague and violates free speech rights.

Young Americans for Liberty, the group that filed the lawsuit, is a libertarian group inspired by the 2008 presidential campaign of Ron Paul. The organization claims to have more than 900 chapters across the country, representing more than 300,000 students.