Student Suing TTU School Over Free Speech Rights - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/03

Student Suing TTU School Over Free Speech Rights

Texas Tech student Jason Roberts claims it is unconstitutional for students to be restricted to one area of the campus to express their views. Texas Tech has a designated free-speech area next to the Student Union Center on campus.

"What they're really trying to do is shut down free speech all across campus and push over into one area, so they can control who hears your message." said Robert's attorney, Hiram Sasser.

The lawsuit asks Texas Tech to make the entire campus a free speech area. Texas Tech Spokeswoman, Cindy Rugely says the university is surprised to hear about the lawsuit. She says Texas Tech already responded to a letter written on behalf of Robert's in March.

"As an initial step, they're already putting in place plans and they'll be included in the next student affairs handbook, establishing five additional free speech areas throughout the campus." said TTU Spokeswoman, Cindy Rugely.

Those five free speech areas will be called forums and will also be first come, first serve.

Texas Tech is still waiting to be served with the lawsuit.

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