VIDEO: College eliminates free speech zone after student sues school for refusing to allow him to pass out pocket Constitutions

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

Modesto Junior College (MJC) has eliminated their free speech zone as part of an agreement with the lawyers for a student suing the school after administrators prevented him from passing out pocket Constitutions on campus this past September.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), stated in a press release earlier today that MJC reached the agreement with lawyers for student Robert Van Tuinen.

Van Tuinen received national media attention after he caught administrators on video preventing him from handing out the Constitutions as part of a Constitution Day event.

[WATCH] Admins prevent student from passing out pocket Constitutions on Constitution Day

“FIRE welcomes this development as a sign that Modesto Junior College is making important progress towards bringing its policies in line with the First Amendment,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff in the release.

“Today, Robert Van Tuinen and over 17,000 fellow students and faculty members may exercise their First Amendment rights without being confined to a free speech zone or required to register in advance.”

A spokesman for MJC did not return a request for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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