Suit filed over policy limiting speech at UM

March 07, 2003

GREENBELT - The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a University of Maryland policy that limits public speaking and handing out leaflets to certain "free speech zones" on the College Park campus.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, the ACLU argues that students who want to pass out literature or voice their views shouldn't be constrained to specific areas. Similar limitations have been lifted after challenges at the University of Texas and other schools.

UM officials say the policy helps reduce litter and preserve order, and hasn't met with many complaints from students.

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