Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college

Court rules college has resolved issues that sparked the lawsuit


A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two students against Georgia Gwinnett College, saying the school has resolved the main issues that sparked the legal challenge.

Chike Uzuegbunam filed the lawsuit against the college in December 2016 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, arguing his free speech rights were violated. Uzuegbunam said a college official told him he couldn’t distribute fliers sharing his Christian faith where he was standing on campus. The college had two “free speech expression areas,” which his attorneys described as “tiny.” Another student, Joseph Bradford, who also wanted to preach on campus, joined the case as a plaintiff.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an unusual move, sided against the Lawrenceville-based college, filing a 26-page “statement of interest” in support.

The judge, Eleanor L. Ross, agreed with the college’s motion to dismiss, noting it has since changed its campus speech policy to make it easier for students, guest speakers and organizations to speak on campus.

“The Prior Policies have been removed with no reasonable basis to believe that GGC will reenact them. As a result, there is no practical remedy for this Court to offer Plaintiffs,” Ross wrote.

The ruling was filed on May 25. The case was dismissed without prejudice.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

Children come in all colors. So should their books.
Children come in all colors. So should their books.

A graduate of Atlanta’s Lovett School and Dartmouth College, Kabir Sehgal is the author "Jazzocracy,” "Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us," and "Walk in My Shoes: Conversations Between a Civil Rights Legend and His Godson on the Journey Ahead" with Andrew Young. ...
Would merging U.S. education and labor agencies help or hurt?
Would merging U.S. education and labor agencies help or hurt?

Does a merger of the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor make sense or would it risk subjugating the needs of schools to the needs of industry? Cast as part of a larger government reorganization sought by the Trump White House, a merger would likely encounter congressional resistance. Past attempts to dissolve the education agency were rebuffed...
As property values rise, APS officials to recommend dropping tax rate
As property values rise, APS officials to recommend dropping tax rate

Atlanta Public Schools probably will drop the school property tax rate because the district now expects an even bigger increase in property values on which it collects taxes. Many Fulton County homeowners have seen big property value hikes this year after values were frozen last year at 2016 levels, and the jump means they’re bracing for tax...
Atlanta college getting accounting help amid staff vacancies
Atlanta college getting accounting help amid staff vacancies

Atlanta Metropolitan State College has been getting assistance in recent months from the University System of Georgia and another college to help manage its financial paperwork, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A report last year by the state’s Department of Audits and Accounts found numerous problems, such as the inability...
Georgia teacher says HOPE, pre-k program helped her reach new heights
Georgia teacher says HOPE, pre-k program helped her reach new heights

Georgia high school social studies teacher Lindsay McMichael is a vocal proponent of the state’s HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs for a good reason. She participated in both as a 4-year-old growing up in Columbus and as a student at the University of Georgia. McMichael was one of the speakers at a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate...
More Stories