CASETurning Point USA at Arkansas State University v. Rhodes

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Arkansas State officials kicked a student and another individual off the patio in front of the Student Union and threatened her with a violation of the student code of conduct simply for setting up a table to promote the campus chapter of Turning Point USA. The lawsuit prompted the state of Arkansas to enact campus free speech legislation known as the FORUM Act, which prohibits such restrictive speech policies. As a result, the university changed the bad policies it relied upon to censor the student, but a federal district court ultimately left no repercussions for university officials for their unconstitutional actions.
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Appellate Court
Notice of appeal Sep 18 2019
Trial Court
Opinion and order denying motion to dismiss Mar 23 2018
Trial Court
Complaint Dec 13 2017

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