Judge grants preliminary injunction against NC State speech permit policy

Posted June 4, 2016
Updated June 5, 2016

— A judge on Saturday granted a preliminary injunction that prevents North Carolina State University from requiring students to obtain permits to speak or distribute written material on campus.

The motion will stop the university from enforcing this policy while the lawsuit makes its way through the courts.

Grace Christian Life, a non-denominational church that meets on campus, sued the university in April saying the permit policy violates the group's free-speech rights. Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III granted the church's motion.

Dever in his order agreed that the policy violated First Amendment rights and consequently barred the school from requiring people to obtain permits to distribute fliers and approach other students in public spaces on campus.

Dever on Thursday grilled state attorneys about the legality of the policy. University officials said the policy dates to 1993 and was implemented to help ensure student safety. When pressed by Dever about safety issues, the state lawyers could not provide an example.

In Saturday's injunction, Dever also wrote that the school cannot impose restrictions on any form of non-commercial solicitation because of the content, viewpoint of the expression or the possible reaction to the expression.


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  • Fanny Chmelar Jun 6, 2016
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    Follow the money!

  • Demute Sainte Jun 5, 2016
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    Chmelar[/quote]When has free speech ever been selective for a particular group, organization or individual? (It hasnt)

    The entire permit to speak or hand out fliers on campus policy is unconstitutional.... for everyone.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jun 5, 2016
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    Read the lawsuit. They want special rights.

  • Demute Sainte Jun 5, 2016
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    CHMELAR [note: nothing against religion or faith - just these squeaky wheels lately who want special treatment because of what they believe.]Sounds an awful lot like a transgender person wanting access to the bathroom of their choice based on nothing but belief... LOL!

    And the Title IX provisions have been in place since 1972... but somehow it hasnt applied to trans gendered until just now.... hummm?

    Even an effective and fair policy can be an unconstitutional infringement of free speech. No doubt someone yelling into another persons face is unlikely to make that person become receptive to what is being yelled... but then again, even sound civil discussions based on science, statistical evidence, and even REALITY have not swayed people when it comes to explaining the true basis of gender dysphoria and how perpetuating a lie is neither compassionate, or helpful.

    Just saying.

  • Ken Ackerman Jun 5, 2016
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    I've never figured out what they expect to gain by this behavior. You aren't likely to change someone's mind or behavior by verbally attacking them.

  • Dylan Collins Jun 5, 2016
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    I just wish they wouldn't come onto campus and yell at students in common areas while we're trying to study between classes, and say we're "dirty fornicators" and we're all going to burn in hell and worse things I can't say on here. They threaten students all the time and literally scream at people in the middle of campus. Free speech is great but that doesn't mean I think they're good people or that it makes for a good environment for learning. I would like if they could have constructive dialogue or answer questions with students and not just scream in their faces. They would be much more welcome if they did that instead.

  • Steven Brown Jun 5, 2016
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    Wow, your last paragraph is exactly what many have stated about the tranny bathroom bill and you scream civil rights. Yet when it's a religious group they're a bunch of zealots...

    Full Definition of bigot, aka funny chmelar
    : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.

  • Brian Jones Jun 4, 2016
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    You are trying to correlate free speech with littering. You are so absolutely broken...............NCSU 95 mechanical engineering

  • Fanny Chmelar Jun 4, 2016
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    Hmm. Been in place since 1993. Not a single group had any issues, and it kept littering and harassment down.
    It's an effective and fair policy that treated all equally. See for yourself:

    And now all of a sudden the churchy folks want special rights to not follow the rules. Again. SMH.

    [note: nothing against religion or faith - just these squeaky wheels lately who want special treatment because of what they believe.]

  • Norman Lewis Jun 4, 2016
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    The only restriction I would like to have is to not allow aggressive distribution : cornering people, walking up and putting paperwork in the peoples hand, that sort of thing, on campus. No other restrictions on content etc, even if the content may disturb some of the more liberal students and staffers.